Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Forgotten Phrases.....



Hi Everybody....
I'm sorry I've been AWOL for a few days, but work as of late
has been CRAZY! It seems I've had someone in my office every
waking minute of the day. By the time I get home, blogging is the last
thing on my mind. I'm sure SOME of you understand that...hehehe
Anyway, I thought I'd change it up a bit this week, and talk about a few
phrases that only the "Elderly" (me) would remember. Please feel free
to add any of your own.

For some reason, folks used to get constipated a lot. If you had to take a
laxative, it was known as ....Taking a Physic!

Many folks didn't have Garbage Pick Up in their community, but EVERY
back yard had an old 50 Gallon drum, or a pit where you could...
Burn the Papers!

If you had to ask an old timer for directions, he would most likely say...
It's About 30 Rod Down The Road!..(one rod equals 16 and a half feet)

He died of the Consumption......(Tuberculosis)

In the 20th Century, you just didn't have Diabetes. You had....Sugar Diabetes!
(Or just....Sugar for short)

And if you were a bit of a "Lead Foot" while behind the wheel, folks just might
say to you....OK Barney Oldfield, Slow Down!
(Barney, pictured above, was an early 20th century race car driver)

In my day, it was modernized to....OK Parnelli Jones, Slow Down!
(Yeah, I know some of you kids have never heard of Parnelli Jones either)

17 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Barney Oldfield??? I thought that was YOU! ;-)

Fireblossom said...

I beat Brian I beat Brian I beat Brian hahahahahahahahahaha. His speed-dial must be broken.

UNO!

razzamadazzle said...

Today's list actually makes me feel young!

Grandmother said...

My father-in-law named me Parnelli after driving with me the first time and I was Parnelli from then on. He died many years ago but this made me smile at the memory.

Mama Zen said...

I took care of a lot of old folks that had the sugar!

Helen said...

When I wanted something cool to drink, my grandmother would send me to the 'icebox' ... not the refrigerator.

hedgewitch said...

These are great, G. They made me think of some of my grandparents' favorite expressions:

When us kids came in hungry to the table, we were, for some reason, 'starving Armenians,' and when we were dirty and sweaty from playing outside, we looked like 'the orphans of the storm.' I have NO idea where those phrases originated. Then, when our room was messy, it looked like 'Fibber McGee's closet.' I think Fibber McGee was some sort of radio character. Anyway, thanks for the spin back in time. Hope your job lets you come up for air soon.

TALON said...

lol - I loved this trip down memory lane, Galen. I think lead foot is still the best way to describe a speeder and I still use the term! :)

hope said...

But if you lived in the country, directions were usually given "as the crow flies"...that being the shortest distance between two points. :)

lime said...

how about styptic pencils and tincture of merthiolate for old timey remedies?

i get accused of being mario andretti.

lime said...

oh and to hedgewitch...i was accused of being fibber mcgee too. fibber was a radio character who had a closet so stuffed that it made a terrible racket with things falling out when he opened it.

lime said...

if i didn't comb my hair i was accused of looking like a ubangi (dunno how to spell it but pronounced you-BANG-ghee)

Akelamalu said...

Here anyone speeding was referred to as Sterling Moss, now it's Lewis Hamilton. LOL

the walking man said...

Awww shit I knew every one of 'em and all the ones in the comments too. Even Fibber McGee! So i got nothing.

Margaret said...

... I'm feeling so YOUNG after reading this post

THANK YOU :)

GAB said...

I have heard of most of those But for us Fibber McGee was used on us for lying. and we still use lead foot in fact that's Mr Gab!v kids will tell me they get their lead foot from their dad!

joeh said...

We used "Juan Fangio" as the racecar driver.