What our parents said

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    Does anyone else suddenly remember something a parent said during our childhood? Every so often something pops into my brain from long ago. Today it was; ‘You know what thought did’ one of my father’s favourites. I enjoy looking these up and the website phrases.org.uk is very comprehensive on old sayings and their origins and meanings.
    “You know what thought did? He didn’t do anything – he just thought he did.”


    I can remember lots of sayings  especially those my mother said, but mostly  they  were about behaviour and I don’t think I will repeat them here.


    One thing mum said.
    “Pick the food up, fingers were invented before forks.”


    Lost Words from our childhood:

    Do you remember that word?

    Would you believe the email spell check did not recognize the word Mergatroyd?Heavens to Mergatroyd!

    The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said “What the heck is a Jalopy?”
    He never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old….. but not that old. Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

    About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.

    These phrases included “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.”

    Back in the olden days we had a lot of ‘moxie.’ We’d put on our best ‘bib and tucker’ to’ straighten up and fly right’.

    Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

    We were ‘in like Flynn’and ‘living the life of Riley”, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

    Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?

    Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers… AND DON’T FORGET…. Saddle Stitched Pants.

    Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

    We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, Well, I’ll be ‘a monkey’s uncle!’ Or, This is a ‘fine kettle of fish’! We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

    Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone.

    Where have all those great phrases gone? Let’s all go to the beach Saturday”…

    Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

    It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! (“Carter’s Little Liver Pills” are gone too!)

    We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging.

    Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…

    See ya later, alligator!




    In a while crocodile!  That’ll be grouse.  🙂


    I think it a shame that we can no longer say,’  What  a gay little girl’ and I notice airbdo said the word-‘ poof’  now that’s a word we always used when talking about  strange men! no longer in use, also  we used to say tarts and blokes, blokes is still used but we no longer can say tarts.

    I am sure many more words will pop into our memories.

    But the funny thing is my daughter who is only forty seven has used words that the twenty year old’s at her work say  whats that word mean?  Already I am hearing that in about 10 yrs time this world as we know it will be  quite different to whatever we can imagine today.

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