Do You Use Any Old Fashioned Slang Or Phrases?

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  1. Betty Madison

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    Thank you Susan, you are groovy as well! I am new to this site, and was just enjoying your post on the reading thread !
     
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    That one I have heard only recently, on a commercial for some product or service, I don't remember.
     
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  3. Sarah Price

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    Hah! I say "groovy" or "peace" sometimes to go back to the 60s once in a while. Or how about "far out"? That goes back to the Brady Bunch days...
     
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    Sarah, I really like 'far out' as well! On occasion, I will revert to, 'keep on trucking' and when I do, I always see the visual in my mind of a large shoe being extended out for this expression!
     
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    Oh, let's see..Whatever blows your dress up? Tight as Dick's hatband. Sure dropped his candy there. Shot his self out of the saddle. Smackeroos. Good night! Good grief. Omigosh. Gee whiz. Holy cow. And golly.
     
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    I used to use old phrases, until my son became a teenager and started mocking me about them. That was when I gave them up.
     
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    The phrase I use the mostest is Bless your heart. I picked up scads more sayings when, a few years ago, seems like ages, now though, I lost my job because the economy tanked and so did the house construction industry. Well, in our little bitty town, there is a museum and since I had nothing to do, I volunteered. At that time, there was a group of ladies whose average age was 80 and they met with their sewing and knitting every Friday. Since it was my day to volunteer to give tours, I could sit and listen to these contented hens settle down and murmur, and sometimes cackle.
    I loved everyone of them. Unfortunately, all are gone now but one. Those country colloquialisms are still with me, and find myself incorporating them in my speech at the oddest times.
    Don't care if others think I'm eccentric. At least I'm not dangerous, just eccentric.
     
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  8. Sarah Price

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    Well, I used to say "whatever blows your skirt up", which is pretty close to "dress". I haven't thought about that phrase in a LONG time. Thanks for remembering that one! My grandma (born in 1900) used to say "Good Night!" all the time. Can't wait to see her again after I die. :)
     
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    Yes, I use a lot of old fashioned slang and phases, it's just something I can't get rid of even thought that those words are old and generally not used anymore at all by the nowaday society. :D
     
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  10. Diane Lane

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    I always say "give me a buzz tomorrow" to one friend when we hang up, and it actually drives me crazy, hearing myself say it. The reply is always "OK, so I'll give you a jingle tomorrow", which always makes me laugh. When I saw above "hang a right/left", I remembered that I do use that one, as well as sometimes "bang a U-y" for U-turn. Those are from back home (Boston area), and I'm not sure people here (Texas) even know what I mean when I say them. I enjoy hearing phrases from different areas/eras, because it's a nice change from hearing the same currently popular and way overused phrases over and over.
     
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  11. Richard Paradon

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    Same thing with fashion, John! When my son was about 15, I bought a pair of corduroy pants and was chastised daily by him. A few weeks later, he had a pair and when I questioned him, he just shook his head and told me that on him, they were fashionable! Now he is forty and getting the same from his kids!
     
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  12. Richard Paradon

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    I just remembered a couple from when I worked on the railroad. "Taking Beans" meant going to lunch and "Pulling the pin" meant retirement, quitting or dying.
     
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    Whenever someone would promise me something when I was a little girl I would say "I pinky promise"...and wrap my pinky around their pinky and say it again..."I pinky promise". That to me was the ultimate promise and you did not break that promise. Gee, that was so long ago...well so it seems...but to this day if I promise one of my grandchildren something I will do the "I pinky promise" with them...and I hope that they do the same to others. In fact, while I was dealing with a woman about getting my new puppy she lives about 4 hours away from where I live. She said she had concerns that she would hold the puppy for me and I wouldn't show. I guess I don't blame her for thinking that way because she" don't know me from adam" (another saying but I am not sure where I picked it up from...my parents I think) but I tried to reassure her that if I said I would be somewhere or do something, I was a woman of my word, and I said I "pinky promise'. I looked at my text before sending it to make sure I spelled everything right and I came to that and thought gosh, that lady probably will think I am a bit strange saying that but you know...I left it, because she was an elderly woman whom I am sure has heard the expression. After that email to her she wrote back asking if she could call me and the puppy was mine. I also use "never say never" a lot! I think the reason I do that one is because it always seem to me as soon as you say something can't happen, IT DOES! So, to be on the safe side, I always say "never say never." especially raising 4 children because just when you say "oh, my child would never do that".....BAMMMM they do it!! So, I learned that pretty fast raising kids! My favorite however will always be "I pinky promise".......
     
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    Interesting story. :) I love the expression "never say never" because I like being optimistic about things.

    I think that the pinkie promise is more of an american saying, we don't usually call little fingers pinkies even, here. I'd certainly never heard of it until my daughter started using it with me - she said she'd known it for ages from American television shows. We do it all the time now though, LOL. :) It's quite fun, actually. I'm worried other people won't know what I'm on about if I try to do it with them though.
     
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  15. Richard Paradon

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    @Michelle Keiser @Lydia Williams This so funny! I never even heard of the "pinky promise" in the States, but here In Thailand it is used between friends quite often, but mostly in jest such as "I will buy you a new motorbike for you birthday!"
     
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