>>>I know some of you will not understand this message,
>>>but I bet you know someone who might. I came across this
phrase yesterday. 'FENDER SKIRTS'
>>>A term I haven't heard in a long time, and 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 knobs.' (AKA) 'suicide knob,' 'neckers knobs.'
>>>Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction
first. Any kids will probably have to find some older person over 50 to
explain some of these terms to you.
>>>Remember 'Continental kits?'
>>>They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers
>>>that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
>>>When 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 brake.'
>>>I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the
accelerator the 'foot feed.' Many today do not even know what a clutch
is or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor. For that matter,
the starter was down there too.
>>>Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you
could ride the 'running board' up to the house?
>>>Here's 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.
>>>'Coast 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 me.
>>>On a smaller scale, 'wall-to-wall' was once a magical term in our
homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with,
wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their
wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.
>>>When was 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
>>>Speaking of female items, nobody talks about 'housedresses' any more.
All the ladies wore them. Nobody wore slacks or 'blue jeans' except if
you were a farmer.
>>>Apparently '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.
>>>I always loved going to the 'picture show,' but I considered 'movie' an
>>>Most 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!
>>>Here's a word I miss - 'percolator.' That was just a fun word to say.
And what was it replaced with 'Coffee maker.' How dull... Mr. Coffee, I
blame you for this.
>>>I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern
and now sound so retro. Words like 'Dyna Flow' and 'Electrolux' and
'Frigidaire.' Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with 'Spectra
>>>Food 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 kids with Castor Oil anymore.
>>>Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The
one that grieves me most is 'supper.' Now everybody says 'dinner.' Save
a great word. Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.