Subject: Fw: Fender Skirts and Supper
FENDER SKIRTS AND SUPPER
I know some of you will not understand this message,
but I bet you know someone who might.I came across this phrase yesterday.
'FENDER SKIRTS'A term I haven't heard in a long time, and thinking about
'fender skirts' started me thinking
about other words that quietly disappear from our languagewith hardly a notice like'curb feelers'And 'steering knobs.' (AKA)
'suicide knob,' 'hollywood spinners.'
Since I'd been thinking of cars,
my mind naturally went that direction first.Any kid will probably have to find some older person over 50to explain some of these terms to you.Remember 'Continental kits?'
They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire coversthat 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 whowould call the accelerator the 'foot feed.'Many today do not even know what a clutch isor that the dimmer switchused to be on the floor.
For that matter, the starterwas down there too.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 youthbut 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 excitementand now means almost nothing.
Now we take the term 'worldwide' 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 was 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 visitsand '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 wordsthat were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro.Words like 'Dyna Flow'and 'Electrolux' and 'Frigidaire'.Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with'Spectra Vision!'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 kidswith Castor Oil anymore.Some words aren't gone, but are definitely 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 fender skirts.Someone forwarded this to me.
I thought some of us of a 'certain age' would remember most of these.Just for fun, pass it along to others
of 'a certain age.'IF YOU AREN'T OF A CERTAIN AGE, YOU MUST KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS.