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Old 05-14-2014, 01:11 PM
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I came across this phrase yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS".

These things look foolish now--but I have to admit, we thought them the "Cat's Meow" back then!!!

A term I haven't heard in a long time & thinking about "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice like "curb feelers", "steering knobs." (AKA) suicide knob.

Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturallywent that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly 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."

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 & now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" 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'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"expecting."

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 affectation.

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 & now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux." 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 kids with castor oil anymore.

Some words aren't gone, but are efinitely 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 those fender skirts...
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I grew up in eastern Massachusetts and all the old folks drank Moxie. It was a cola type soft drink, but bitter. I don't know it's relation to the phrase 'he's got moxie'. I've yet to hear that word used anywhere else where I have lived.

A regional word here is "buggy". If you walk into a Walmart here and an elderly gent is greeting, he may ask you if you want a buggy, which in most of the country is a shopping cart.
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Fender Skirts used to be called spats back in the day. And wide back tyres were known as fats. It was also cool to fit after market gauges. Hence when we were chewing the fat at school about the latest ride we thought was cool, it had to have "Fats, spats and all the gauges"......

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John thank you for your thread and those words that were used back in the day. I confess that I knew a lot of them and thanks for bringing them back in " memory lane"
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You bet Dano. I'm 42 in a few weeks, yet I think I'd really enjoy those simpler times. When gas was cheep, & cars getting 8-12 MPG was "ok". I know I would have to give up internet, cell phones, computers, AC in a lot of cases, etc, etc... But man. Just to slow everything back down & to see everyone around you enjoy the good wholesome things of life...

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Fender Skirts used to be called spats back in the day. And wide back tyres were known as fats. It was also cool to fit after market gauges. Hence when we were chewing the fat at school about the latest ride we thought was cool, it had to have "Fats, spats and all the gauges"......

ah memories
And headers here were known as 'free-flows' and all the boys wanted 'twin carbs' on their Holden or Zephyr (nothing to do with too many potatoes!) and "Impala shifter' (An in-line floor shift fitted in place of the column shifter) all complimented with a 'rev-counter' (tach) on the dash.

(And for you States guys a shifter was known as a 'gear-stick' and a transmission is/was know as a gearbox and came in two types, manual and automatic)
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I moved to AZ in the early 70s from NY.

Back east if I wanted a carbonated beverage I bought a soda. In AZ I had to buy a pop.

Back east if I wanted something to carry my groceries in I got a bag. In AZ I got a sack.

I haven't paid attention to recent years.

Another device that's about as extinct as the abacus is the slide rule.

As for cars, do kids today even know what a "tail fin" is?
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