Refer to a gay man as "AC/DC."Refer to the stereo cabinet as "the Hi Fi." My grandmother would refer to it as the "Victrola."Space Cadet as a "flibbertigibbet.""Jimmy's out of his box!""It's snowing down south.""Have your supper."Refer to the telephone as the "Ameche."Gosh, i remember a friend of my great-grandmother's saying, "Let me just run in here and bathe my hands first."Of course, she meant she was going to wash her hands.A co-worker referred to always having done something "since God was a little boy."None of us had heard that expression before and he of course said that his grandmother always used it. White Liberal) No Granny, that's wrong, call them Brazil nuts. I want some Nigga toes White Liberal) That's racist call them Brazil nuts Old Lady) Give an old lady a break White Liberal) Ask correctly Old Lady) All right, give me some of those, oh what did you call them. "They say these ridiculous things, despite knowing full well that none of them is true, and not one person in the world thinks millennials are worth the powder to blow them to Hell. Whenever I ask my now-86 year old grandma how she is doing, she says something like "Everyone I can and the good ones twice."She's said that since I was a kid.Someone was showing me how to calibrate cardiac monitors with a blood pressure cuff (years ago) and I said that it seemed primitive. PS - the building really did flood during a nor'easter in 1992 and again on national tv during hurricane Sandy. When the city was going to cut a tree down they kept saying, "When are they going to throw down that tree? Yeah, I'm gonna call them and remind them they have to throw that down."When I was in elementary school the library had a book of plays students could put on for their class. In one play, somebody suggests that a girl do sonething she doesnt wsnt to do and she says, "Well, I like that! She said she liked it, but then it seemed like she didn't. Oh yeah Brazil Niggas.[quote]Ronald Reagan was among the people who pronounced it "REE-gan" until one of his wives decided that "it sounds like an Irish cop," and insisted that he change the pronunciation. Whenever she talks about someone she finds funny, she'll say "Oh, she just slays me."My 88 year old mother used to refer to underwear as bloomers which I would call her on and she now calls them panties. I have a half black cousin who a friend who at 58 is 12 years older than me referred to as "mulatto" I wasn't really offended but more amused as she is very SJW and liberal.I have a very difficult name to pronounce and I am like that, I don't care how people say it as there's a huge chance they won't get it right anyway, so why make a thing out of it." Son of a gun" was something my father used to say when something had totally blown his mind. They still say "he" or "his," even when they're also referring to females.I used to make fun of him because he said it in a very thick Spanish accent. Many older people forget, or simply don't care, that many young females are offended if their gender isn't specifically mentioned, or included in the now popular singular "they."Has anyone mentioned "shut in" for someone who can't, or won't, leave home? I used to see "Mass for Shut Ins" playing on early Sunday mornings when I was a kid."Dime store" has evolved into Dollar Store, I suppose.If we went to a Mexican restaurant every time the waiter came by to drop chips and salsa or pour water I would cringe every time she would say "grasias" very loudly. My partner's mom, whom I adore, is from northwest Alabama, which has a number of weird linguistic quirks.She gets her [italic]T[/italic]s and [italic]K[/italic]s mixed up and says stuff like "Walmark's" and "ast" for "ask." She also calls Publix supermarket "The Pube-Lix." The thing is, she's an educated woman with a bachelor's. This was 15 years ago, so most of the people I looked after were born in the 1910s. Did she have a giant leg and a micro leg and have to be wagon pulled to each show? I think people add apostrophe S to store names if they grew up when there were a lot more Mom & Pop stores (before the Walmart/Safeway/Kroger etc era.
They also say "makin' groceries" (going to the supermarket), but that's been adopted somewhat ironically and affectionately by a younger generation now."Make" gets (mis)used a lot. Older people often said Ronald REE-gan and Barbra STREE-sand.[quote]"How do you do" makes perfect sense. I say whatnot often, that's old fashioned too.[quote]Older people often said Ronald REE-gan Ronald Reagan was among the people who pronounced it "REE-gan" until one of his wives decided that "it sounds like an Irish cop," and insisted that he change the pronunciation.My father's mother was said to refer to the item where one rests a cigarette as an "ash receiver". Americanisms are usually quickly taken up in the UK, but no doubt the internet is what's spreading language faster now both ways.I was wondering what "purses fell out of his mouth" meant.Referring to a pregnant woman by saying "she has a bun in the oven", or "she is with child".Someone above mentioned a shorter version of "Doesn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of"Not exclusively used by older people (probably thanks to Joss Whedon) but still sounds old to me: "The Powers That Be"lol r308 Off subject I would get so embarrassed if went someplace with my mother and she had an interaction with anyone whose first language was Spanish she would insist on trying to speak to them in her completely awful , unintelligible Spanish complete with her very Brooklyn accent.