background song is "Summer Place"
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.
feelers" and "steering or necker knobs." Since
I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally
went that direction first. Any kids reading this will
probably have to find some elderly person over
50 to explain some of these terms to them.
"Continental kits?" They were rear bumper
extenders and spare tire covers that were
supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln
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
I'm sad, too,
that almost all the old folks are gone who would
call the accelerator the "foot feed."
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
On 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
When's 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
It's 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 gone, too.
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?
"Coffeemaker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you
I miss 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!"
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 their kids with castor oil
Some 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
this to me, and I thought some of us of a
"certain age" would remember most of these. Just
for fun, pass this along to others of a “certain
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