We all have these little idiosyncratic ways of speaking. It might be because of where we live, but so many times it’s also generational. These old-fashioned words were once the norm, but now have fallen out of use. Read on to take a trip down memory lane with the words for things we heard growing up.
1) Safety Razor
We grew up calling them safety razors because compared to the straight razors of olden days they were so much safer. Most people today simply call them razors and leave the “safety” off because they’ve never used a straight razor (or maybe never even seen one used).
Ah, remember the days when remote controls were brand new and high tech? Like so many electronics back then they were push button and made a satisfying click sound.
How many of you grew up using this word to describe rain boots? Some young people today don’t even know this word!
Many people today will use stove and oven interchangeably, never using to the one word which means both: range. Mom often referred to the range, but we don’t hear this word being used as often these days.
There are many names for an old car that doesn’t run well (or at all), but jalopy is one of our favorite old-fashioned ways of saying this. Many kids don’t know what this word is, but we heard it a lot. So many times it was used to talk about any car that might have have some problems, an exaggeration to say that while it wasn’t on the scrap heap now, it would be soon!
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