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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Generational Expressions

    It seems like every generation has their "pet" phrases, words, expressions. This thread may be the perfect place to lay 'em down, man. So, get jiggy with it and show me your stuff. Using decades as "generations" (to make it easier, daddy) I will start with some I know about, remember hearing, or actually used.....

    1940s
    Beat me, Daddy, eight to the bar. (Song lyrics that morphed into everyday 1940s talk.)

    1950s
    Daddy-O.
    Keen.
    Dude. (Back in the 1950s and 1960s a "dude" was a prissy sort of fellow.)
    Rock and roll. (Alan Freed, Cleveland radio.)
    See you later, alligator. (A Bill Haley & The Comets song.)
    Like wow, man.

    1960s
    Spaz.
    Church key. (Bottle opener / beverage can opener)
    Like. (Valley Girls.....1960s or 1970s?.....like, what decade?)
    Snowing down south. (Your slip is showing.)
    Nowheresville.
    Back seat bingo. (Yeah, I played, and lost. Wedlock child, yadda.)
    Goose it. (What you told the driver of the car.)
    Groovy.
    A blast. (A good thing, such as "That party was a blast.")
    Boss. (See "A Blast", above.)
    Catch you on the flip side. (See you later.)
    ....,Baby. (Sentences ended with this.)
    Can you dig it?
    Kill the pigs. (I did not like this....I had friends who said it.)
    The whole world is watching.

    1970s
    What's your bag? (What are you about? What do you do for a living?)
    Get down. (Rock and roll term.)
    Dude. (From a rock and roll song by Mott The Hoople. Now said endlessly.)
    A gas. (A good thing, such as "That party was a gas.")
    Breaker, breaker. (CB Radio lingo.)
    F###ing-A. (Outstanding. Still used a lot.)
    Chill.
    Doobie.

    Today
    I.M. me.
    Sexting.
    Google it.
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    Your turn. What say you?

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    "Robbing Peter to pay Paul"....................for some reason, that always came off as being an old-guy kind of saying. Not really slang, but whatever.

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    I've heard two different expressions used when two people say the same thing at the same time.

    One of those is "pinch, poke, you owe me a coke". The other is "jinks!". I always thought that the latter was a more modern generational expression while the former was from an older generation. I don't know for sure though.
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    This thread is the cat's pajamas....boss....righteous....tubular

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    Valley-speak was, like, so totally 1980's... crimony!
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    60's - cool, fta (f* the army), right on, righteous, peace, nuke the whales, di di mau
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    Old man. My mother was telling me that since my father turned 60 he really is her old man.

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    "Fits and starts" (?)

    Someone (via email - so I don't know their age) expressed to me the other week that the project had gone trough a series of "fits and starts."

    I translate to take this to mean "stop and go," but had never heard of this expression before. Have you? Maybe it is a generational thing? [I am gen X].
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    That would feed 1,000 starving Armenians.

    --regarding food left on your plate

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    You've got more [blank] than Carter's got little liver pills.

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    Quote Originally posted by H View post
    Someone (via email - so I don't know their age) expressed to me the other week that the project had gone trough a series of "fits and starts."

    I translate to take this to mean "stop and go," but had never heard of this expression before. Have you? Maybe it is a generational thing? [I am gen X].
    I'm an early Xer and I've used it. I also grew up in Indiana amd there are a lot of Hoosierism that aren't found elsewhere.
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    -Man, these people sound like they are all broken records....
    -'Dressed to the nines'
    -'Joshing' someone - from the California Gold Rush days when a less-than-honest guy name Joshua (I forget his last name) would cover nickels with gold dust and pass them off as similarly-sized gold Half-Eagles ($5 gold coins). This led the USMint to add the word 'CENTS' under the large 'V' on the back side of that days' nickels.
    -KEWL!
    -'Drop (someone) a line' (send a snailmail letter)
    -'Gyp' (as in rip someone off dishonestly, now considered to be 'unPC')
    -'Gig' (job/employment)

    Oh yea, I've head and used 'fits and starts' here, too. Must be a midwest thing.

    Mike

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    I heard one last night that I had to explain to my daughter. She laughed but didn't know what it really meant.

    Scattered around like missle silo's in Kansas.

    What about ring around the rosey,
    Pockets full of posies.
    Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down.
    (Isn't that a reference to a disease that swept through and killed alot of people?)
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    "Rad/Radical" - 80's
    Having a Coniption
    "Slacks" instead of "pants"
    "Davenport" instead of "couch"
    "Cat" or "Hep Cat" - 40's
    "Peachy" - 50's
    "Fly"
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    My fave from my grandfather (1896-1960), was his expression of predicted time of arrival or accomplishment, spelled by Flannery O'Connor as "tereckly".

    "I'll be there tereckly.", which actually meant, "when I get around to it."

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    This thread is duller than a sack of wet mice.
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    don't $hit in your messkit! (from my WWII father)

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    don't $hit in your messkit! (from my WWII father)
    My grandmother is fond of saying "$hit in the hat!" when something goes wrong.

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    ha Seabishop - I also heard "$hit, pi$$ and corruption!" for the same

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    Word. Busted. Psyche.

    80s.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Wisconsin used to be a hotbed for German/Scandanavian accents. You may have heard of "Sheboygan English". For instance, consider the use of the word "once". As in my favorite expression, "Trow da cow over the fence some hay, once." Another is "aina" or "aina-so". This might appear as "Yah, dem Packers is way better'n dem Bears, aina?" Unfortunately, that generation of immigrants is all but gone.
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    In the Yankee-infested FL of the '60's and 70's, porches and patios became "lanais". Ugh.

    And despite whatever the Brady Bunch said, nobody I knew ever said "Groovy".

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    In the Yankee-infested FL of the '60's and 70's, porches and patios became "lanais". Ugh.

    And despite whatever the Brady Bunch said, nobody I knew ever said "Groovy".
    Maybe they actually did in southern Cali where the Brady Bunch "lived".
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Maybe they actually did in southern Cali where the Brady Bunch "lived".
    Could be But you would have thunk CA would have been more cool than central FL at the time.

    My kid doesn't know what "Sorry, Charlie" means. Sigh.

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    I lived in Southern California during the groovy times, and no one ever said groovy, at least not seriously.

    Man, you are so ca-razy, daddy-o!

    I'll be there directly is what I always heard.

    60"s: "far f***ing out, man!"

    "You mind-f***er!" was often said with a quivering voice for added emphasis.

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