FENDER SKIRTS AND RAT FINKS
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 language with hardly a notice like'curb feelers.'
And 'steering knobs.' (AKA) 'suicide knob,' 'neckers knobs.'
Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first.
Any kids will probably have to find some older person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
Remember 'Continental kits?' They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that 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.'
But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.
'Unmentionables' probably wouldn't be understood at all.
Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with'Spectra Vision!'
Maybe that's what Castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with Castor Oil anymore.
KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS.
When I think of the 50's cars I always come up with wing windows and three on the tree shifters.
I guess I'm of a "certain age". i guess that follows "the tender age of..."
Since my "middle" has become the biggest part of me does that mean I'm still claim to be middle age?