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Memories of Olden Days (shared by a friend and passed to me, original author not cited)

 

FENDER SKIRTS AND RAT FINKS

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.' 
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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.' 
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And 'steering knobs.' (AKA) 'suicide knob,' 'neckers knobs.' 
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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. 
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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.'
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I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone 
who would call the accelerator the 'foot feed.'  Many today do not even know what a clutch is or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor. For that matter, the starter was down there too.


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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? 
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Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth 
but 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. 
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'Coast to coast' is a phrase that once held all sorts 
of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term 'worldwide' for granted. This floors me. 
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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. 



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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 visits and '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. 
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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! 
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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. 
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I miss those made-up marketing words that 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!' 
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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 kids with Castor Oil anymore. 
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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. 
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Someone forwarded this to me. 
 I thought some of us of a 'certain age' would remember most of these.

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Just for fun, pass it along to others of 'a certain age.'


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IF YOU AREN'T OF A CERTAIN AGE, YOU MUST

KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS.


 
 

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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?

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