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Fenders, Skirts and Supper


I  know  some of you will not understand this message, but I bet you  know someone who might.
I came across  this phrase yesterday.


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 knobs.’ (AKA)
suicide   knob,’ ‘neckers knobs.’
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.
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.’
Many today do  not even know what a clutchis or that the dimmer  switch used to be on the floor.
For that  matter, the starter was down   there

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’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.

‘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.

  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  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.    

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!
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.
    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!’
Fenders                                                          18

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

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