Lost Words, You won’t believe these words are gone. Why? When did they leave?

March 21, 2017

 Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word, murgatroyd?
Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! 
The other day a not so elderly 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 never heard of the word, jalopy!!
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.
Here are some old phrases some of us may have actually used.
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!
Jumping Jehoshaphat!
Holy moley!
We were in like Flynn and “living the life of Riley,” They even had a TV show called the “Life of Riley,” starring William Bendix
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 and pedal pushers.
“Oh, my aching bac!”. KILROY was here, but he isn’t anymore. Kilroy was started in WWII, where some GI in Europe painted the weird face with its nose over a line, and soon it was found everywhere.
  “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.
Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone. Where have all those phrases gone?
The milkman did it.
Hey! It’s your nickel.
Don’t forget to pull the chain.
Knee high to a grasshopper.
Fiddlesticks!
I’ll see you in the funny papers.
Don’t take any wooden nickels.
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.
We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child, each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.
My favorite saying that my kids tease me when I say it -“Fiddle-dee -dee!” A toast to Scarlet O’Hara.
See ya later, alligator!
3 Comments
    1. Austin County Republican Party is looking forward to having you speak at our monthly meeting Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy, Texas.
      I resemble all the remarks and sayings above but find since my #3 son made me turn 80 last year, I am loosing some of the good words. I open my mouth and they just don’t come. But ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’ and ‘this too shall pass.’ ‘To err is human. To really foul it up, put it on a computer.’ The Bible tells children are a gift from God but grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children and the reason we get along so well is we have a common enemy.’ Also ‘insanity is hereditary, we get it from our children.’ I look forward to meeting you soon. ‘After while, crockodile.’

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