Sunday, October 3, 2021

Remembered . . .

Sent to me by Vince C, thanks Vince . . .

Lost  Words From Our Childhood

Mergatroyd!       Do you  remember that word?  Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize  the word Mergatroyd?

Heavens to Mergatroyd! Wonder where this one came from?

The  other day a lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy;      and he  looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?"  He had  never heard of the word jalopy!  She knew she was old ... But not that  old. 

Well, I  hope you are    Hunky  Dory  after  you read this and chuckle. 

About a  month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because  of the inexorable march of technology.  These phrases included:       Don't touch  that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to  dry. 

Back in  the olden days we put on our best  bib and tucker. 

Heavens  to Betsy!      Gee  whillikers!          Jumping  Jehoshaphat!         Holy  Moley! 

We  were in like  Flynn  and  living the  life of Riley; and  even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a  knucklehead,  a nincompoop or a pill.    Not for all  the tea in China! 

We wake  up from a short nap, and before we can say,  "Well, I'll  be a monkey's uncle!" Or,  "This is a  fine kettle of fish!"       

Poof, go the  words of our youth, the words we've left behind.  Where have all those  great phrases gone? 

Long gone:  Pshaw, The  milkman did it.  Don't  forget to pull the chain.  Knee high  to a grasshopper. Well,  Fiddlesticks!     I'll  see you in the funny farm. Wake up  and smell the roses. 

Leaves  us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth... 

See ya  later, alligator!      Okidoki. 

You'll  notice they left out        "Monkey  Business"!!! 

WE ARE  THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 40’s and 50'S ... NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT  OPPORTUNITY AGAIN .. WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS:  LIVING  IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE "GREATEST  GENERATION!" 


Some contributions by me to Lost Words of Childhood --

"Go outside and play but be home before dark."

"Have the photos come back from the chemist yet?"

"Go outside and play and get brown."

"Can I have sixpence worth of mixed lollies please?"

Slang money terms: quid, two bob (two shillings), one bob (one shilling), zac (sixpence)

"What did you get?"
"Four cuts." (strokes of the cane at school as punishment - one, two, four or six, on the hand. Six was the max allowed).

"In like Flynn".

Milkman, breadman, dunny man (the dunny was the toilet, the dunny man exchanged the full pans with empty ones from his dunny truck).

Polio

Not all the disappearances are to be regretted.



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