Saturday Smiles – Words

This was sent to me by a friend –

Lost Words From Our Childhood

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

 The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) 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 had a lot of  moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehosaphat! Holy Moley! 

We were in like Flint  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! 

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, penny loafers and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!”  or,  “This is a fine kettle of fish!”  We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

 Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone. Where have all those great phrases gone?

Long gone, Dog gone it! and Pshaw.  The milkman did it. It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter’s Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

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

See ya later, alligator! After while crocodile! Okidoki.

You’ll notice they left out  “Monkey Business”!!!

Raili Tanska


9 thoughts on “Saturday Smiles – Words

  1. Heaven’s to Murgatroyd! I use that one quite a bit, and remember the others, Raili, so I must be doing something to keep the old ways alive. Although I must say when I hear how the new whippersnappers speak, I haven’t a clue! Good’s bad, bad’s good, or dope apparently, and I’m not all that clued up on emojis.
    I love your last quote. Bostin!

  2. Great post Raili. Coming from the other side of the ditch (NZ), there’s some there that I aren’t familiar with, but I’m not going to get my knickers in a twist about that. I do volunteer work in a dementia ward. I always say, “see ya later alligator”, to one particular lady. She’s always quick with her reply, “well said maggot head”. That was definitely a new one to me. Love it though.

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