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20 Favorite Words We Don’t Use Anymore

Words from my Midwestern childhood:

Beatnik – An exotic species rumored to wear black turtlenecks and live in New York.

Station Wagons – Cars couldn’t possibly get any bigger.

Kodachrome – Our photographs had “nice bright colors.” Paul Simon sang “Don’t take my Kodachrome away,” but they did. In 2009, manufacturing stopped.

Test Pattern – Up way too late and television is over. The Star Spangled Banner played just before it, probably to wake us up.

Roof Antennas – A spindly metal forest across the suburbia skyline, all receiving messages from the sky.

Hoods – Bad boys who often wore their collars up to signify their exciting rebel affiliation. (Hoods were not “guys in da hood”, which came later but could be related.)

Putting Out – Some girls did and some didn’t, but it was a hot topic deciding who did.

Making Out – Necking – no explanation needed.

Petting – More than making out and on your way to putting out… you bad girl, you.

Spoolies – Little pink plastic things to put in your hair every night to make it curly. It was either that or the disastrous Toni Home permanent.

Drive-in Movie Theaters – Big screen movies from the privacy of a car. (See “petting”, “making out” etc.)

Mimeograph – Primitive technique of duplicating tests and school bulletins. Everyone sniffed the ink on the paper.

Transistor Radios – You could actually travel outside the house and listen to music as you went.

Penmanship – Perfectly formed handwriting. Mine was not. Thank goodness for keyboards.

The Hop – A school dance, preferably in the gym (The basketball coach didn’t want shoes messing up the court.)

Duck and Cover – Hiding under the desk to protect ourselves from an atom bomb.

45’s – The hit single to repeat and repeat and repeat.

LP’s – An entire collection of music all on one big record. More expensive and more sophisticated than a 45.

Record Player – A fragile little visible needle-like thing tracked all around the 45 or LP to play them, sort of.

HiFi – Replaced the record player with supposedly incredibly authentic sound. The first of endless opportunities for expensive upgrades (Not be confused with WiFi)

Remember the days – See this quick retrospective. Dianne Morris

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  • zestnow

    POSTED JULY 07, 2014
    Man I must not of kept up with the times, or I spend to much time trying to figure out what the kids are talking about, well mine anyway, I still call music albums, cd players are record players. I suppose I understand my lingo and they, the generation Y or X or whatever can figure my terms out. LOL

    POSTED JULY 02, 2014

    by JULIA, CO
    POSTED JUNE 30, 2014
    RE: cursive. What happens when we’re completely dependent on the internet and through a man-made or natural disaster it goes down? Will people know how to write cursive with a pen?

    by PHOEBE, MN
    POSTED JUNE 30, 2014
    I think my father, an artistic, might have been a beatnik. How soon before cursive script is penned for the last time? http://www.boomeresque.com/to-write-or-not-to-write-that-is-the-question/

    POSTED JUNE 30, 2014
    By the time I reached “Duck and Cover” I was chuckling out loud. And how did we ever sit still long enough to watch a bunch of kids dancing on American Bandstand? For an hour! Juxtapose that with the current TV show “So you think you can dance” … gosh, I think I’ll just go and find a test pattern somewhere….

    by JAN
    POSTED JUNE 30, 2014
    It seems weird yet they used to encourage mingling of boys and girls starting from jr. high (now called Middle School). Girls had to take Home Economics. Boys had to take Shop. I think the idea was to ensure mating (prepared to run a household) so that eventually the population of the U.S. would grow (today the plan may be to discourage it).

    by PHOEBE, MN
    POSTED JUNE 30, 2014
    I remember the term “sock hop.” I have a vivid memory of going to a room during lunch period where the girls lined up on one side and the boys on the other. As I recall, it was dark. Very few kids ever danced…we just stared at each other. This was in Junior High. As I look back, why would they let us dance in a dark room during the school day? Also, why did they let us use our lunch period for such a thing? Just think what would happen today!

    by GAIL
    POSTED JUNE 27, 2014
    Those were the days my friend!

    by PHOEBE, MN

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