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Funny old sayings that give away (y)our age

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Grannyknot Tue 11-Sep-12 22:53:21

I said at work today 'I doff my hat to you' and my colleague looked at me blankly. I also recently said 'photo-stat machine' till a young colleague said 'Why do you say that, instead of photocopier?' (blush). I wondered why myself, and then remembered about roneo-stat machines, but decided against trying to explain to a 23 year old. No wonder DD sometimes says to me "How do you still fool them at work, woman?" grin

Notsogrand Tue 11-Sep-12 23:15:46

I still refer to programmes on the wireless.

Nanadogsbody Tue 11-Sep-12 23:24:10

I have a CD I put on to get the grandchildren off to sleep. They actually ask for the 'record' as that's what I keep calling it. hmm

Bags Wed 12-Sep-12 05:59:21

I love all the old words. Next time your young colleague looks blank, give him a history lesson wink – with a cheerful smile on your face, naturally. Surely young people know that things change? If not, remind them. It'll do them no harm and might just prevent some Ageism.

glassortwo Wed 12-Sep-12 07:44:51

I always call trainers sandshoes much to the delight of my DGC grin and frock instead of dress.

Grannyknot Wed 12-Sep-12 07:46:36

bags I also love all the old words and happily use them. I tend to tell the younger ones at work 'google it' smile

Littlenellie Wed 12-Sep-12 08:33:45

Frock.clothes horse,record player,eiderdown,swimming and I am only 59 ....they all think it's hilarious ...

MiceElf Wed 12-Sep-12 08:45:36

Liberty bodice, knicker elastic, darning socks, and the dreaded belt, pins and pads.

Grannyknot Wed 12-Sep-12 08:53:57

'Going to the pictures' LOL or even better 'bioscope'.

Nanadogsbody Wed 12-Sep-12 08:55:43

Who remembers Banda machines?

annodomini Wed 12-Sep-12 08:58:08

It doesn't seem so long ago that I made frequent use of Banda machines in duplicating work for my students!

Littlenellie Wed 12-Sep-12 09:01:17

Me nanad grin and roll ons,and telex,

Littlenellie Wed 12-Sep-12 09:03:43

In school I remember using an imperial typewriter,and having to put an onion skin layer in between pages to get duplicates.. I thinkconfused ...and having to chage the ribbons on a typewriter ugh!!

Anagram Wed 12-Sep-12 09:12:36

What's wrong with 'swimming costume'? confused What's the new word?

nanaej Wed 12-Sep-12 09:14:57

Swumsuit! but i think it is only in shop/ sales that it ever seems to matter! As long as we communicate the actual words we use are less important!

Littlenellie Wed 12-Sep-12 09:15:15

Swim suit,I always get giggled at for that,maybe it's them hold on not swim suit...bathing costume she says slapping her forehead...duhgrin

Bags Wed 12-Sep-12 09:22:16

swimmin' togs

Bags Wed 12-Sep-12 09:23:27

In Yorkshire we wore sandshoes. In Lancashire we wore pumps. In Scotland we wear gym shoes.

Or the ubiquitous trainers.

nanaej Wed 12-Sep-12 09:25:13

bathers & tackies (NE ?) were what I wore on the beach as a kid!

Oldgreymare Wed 12-Sep-12 09:37:00

Anno Banda machines and something called an Epidiascope (Sp?).. takes me back to teacher-training days and school placements!
Bags .... N.Wales pumps, S.Wales daps! These days 'Converse'. Trendy name allows them to charge the best part of £50 for what are really only colourful pumps!!!!

Wheniwasyourage Wed 12-Sep-12 09:52:50

Swimsuit, but when DD2 was little she used to say swimming suit, which we all liked, and sometimes I say that too. I don't say bathing costume because it always reminds me of the pink (don't like pink) ruched one I had at the age of about 6. Record, yes, video (meaning DVD), wireless, pictures, and I refuse to call continental quilts(when were they last called that!) duvets, referring to quilts and quilt covers. Oh dear, I am a grumpy old woman after all. hmm

Littlenellie Wed 12-Sep-12 09:55:48

wheniwasyourage yes that I was thinking of I had a red one.

enterprisegran Wed 12-Sep-12 10:08:20

This morning I asked my 4 year old grandson if he had 'pulled the chain' after going to the toilet. I actually stopped in my tracks and wondered why on earth I was asking that instead of saying 'flush the toilet'.

Anagram Wed 12-Sep-12 10:14:07

I do that too, sometimes, enterprisegran blush

Bags Wed 12-Sep-12 10:35:24

ogm, oh yes! DH wore daps in S Wales.