I haven't thought about fender skirts in years. When I was a kid, I considered
it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress. Thinking about
fender skirts started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear
from our language with hardly a notice.
Like "curb feelers" and "steering or necker knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
"Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers
that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake"
became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency
sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator
the "foot feed."
a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore-"store-bought."
Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once
it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought
bag of candy.
to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means
almost nothing. Now we take the term "worldwide" for granted. This floors
a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes.
In the '50s, everyone covered their hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall
carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with
hardwood floors. Go figure.
the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard
to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic,
a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk
about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply expecting."
"brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and
my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now. "Unmentionables"
probably wouldn't be understood at all.
hard to recall that this word was once said in a whisper -"divorce." And
no one is called a "divorcee" anymore. Certainly not a "gay divorcee."
Come to think of it, "confirmed bachelors" and "career girls" are long
of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came
across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty put-down!
a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to say. And what
was it replaced with? "Coffeemaker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you
those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now
sound so retro. Words like DynaFlow" and "ElectraLuxe." Introducing the
1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"
for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains
of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear
mothers threatening their kids with castor oil any more.
words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one
that grieves me most - "supper." Now everybody says "dinner". Save a great
word. Invite someone to "supper. Discuss fender skirts.
forwarded this to me, and I thought some of us of a "certain age" would
remember most of these.