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What the heck is a fender skirt?
I came across this phrase in a book 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 *****." Since I'd been thinking
of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will
probably have to find some elderly 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."

I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call
the accelerator the "foot feed"

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?

Here'* 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

"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement
and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for
granted. This floors me.

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.

When'* the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?"

It'* 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'* 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.

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here'* a pure-'60s
word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty

Here'* 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.

I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so
modern and now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and
"Electrolux." Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with

Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago?
Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that'* what castor oil
cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor
oil anymore.

Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list.
The one that grieves me most:
"supper." Now everybody says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite
someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

Someone forwarded this to me. I thought some of us of a "certain
age" would remember most of these.

Just for fun, Iím passing it along to others of "a certain age"!!
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