Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Saturday, March 03, 2012

# 31 HEAVENS TO BETSY

This is post is number 31 in the marathon.

Visiting with a group of young people, an old car drove by and I commented "Look at that old hoopy".  The sudden of burst of laughter from these kids shocked me.  "Hoopy?" they exclaimed,  "What's a hoopy?"

What antiquated expressions do you use that are greeted by blank stares?

 


13 comments:

  1. Nity- I'll have the bite the bullet again...What a flake!

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  2. I keep forgetting that Oriental is a bad word. I don't where I was when that word was called out.

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  3. Snaggle Tooth -- I do not know "nity". Would that be a short version of nit-picking? Sometimes I say something is "nifty" and that get's strange looks.

    Tabor -- It is my understanding that oriental is to describe objects and Asian is the correct term for people.

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  4. I've found that almost everything I say gets a smirk and slow side to side movement of the head from my kids.
    They make fun of my dialogue and then about 6 months later I find they've incorporated it into thier conversation with friends.
    It's so bad that when I go to Lincoln to a party my kids are throwing, one of their friends I've never met will approach me with a big smile and say, So...you're Cliff, I've heard a LOT about you.
    It's finer than frog hair.
    If I was any better I'd be a twin.
    When I see a set of twins, I'll go up to them and tell them "You two look like you're beside yourselves." and it goes on forever.

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  5. Cliff -- Oh brother, you and Ron are cut from the same cloth. I cringe when people ask him how he feels because it's either, "Finer than frog's hair" or "With my fingers." Sometimes he just says he must be okay because he wasn't in the obituaries today.

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  6. I'm upright.
    Above the grass...

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  7. I mentioned going to the "boondocks" to shoot guns and my grandkids had no clue what I meaning.

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  8. We have 'puckerbrush' down by the river.
    We live so far out in the country, we have to drive toward town to go huntin.

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  9. Changes in the wind -- Oh yes, boondocks and/or boonies. Those really throw the kids off.

    Cliff -- You realize you're just giving Ron more ammunition. I might have to adopt "I'm upright".

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  10. I'm starting to use the word "dandy" as a sarcastic adjective, but most people haven't heard the word in quite sometime.

    "Kewl beans" is another one that people get confused over as well.

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  11. Whats hoopy by the way?

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  12. I heard on the news last night that statin drugs might cause memory issues and that's what is happening to me right this minute - I remember using an expression that someone had never heard this week, but can't remember what it was right now. :)

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  13. G -- Dandy is a dandy word. That's just dandy is something I've always said. Kewl Beans I have heard but it's for younger folk I do believe.

    Monalisa -- A "hoopy" is an old car also often referred to as a jalopy.

    Lynn -- Good to know there is a reason for my memory loss since I take statin drugs. I've got lots of old expressions but cant' think of then now either:)

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