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The idea of this thread is to list phrases that are still used in the same context, but refer to cultural or physical objects that are, for all intents and purposes, obsolete.

For example: "I'll cc you on that" - the original CC refers to carbon copy, which indicates that this memo was copied and given to those people on the list
Another example: "Here's a dime/quarter call someone who cares"- refer to the cost of a call on a payphone. The phrase is still used, but very few working payphones exist in today's world

Two examples of things that don't fit the criteria:
- "A penny for your thoughts" - because people still have pennies and occasionally use them.
- "Beam me that app" - both the method and the phrase are more or less obsolete.

Examples pulled from the thread:
That and a token will get you on the subway
Here's a dime/quarter, call someone who cares.
V'Nafal li Ha'Asimon (Hebrew)
You sound like a broken record
Hang up the phone
Off the hook
Dialing a number
Rewind the tape / Be Kind Rewind
Leave me a message on my machine
Let's go to the video tape / roll the tape /The highlight reel / show me the clip* (Clip can refer to a modern video, but literally refers to a cut piece of film)
Getting clotheslined
Put something on the map
Roll down the window
A music 'Single'
"You've got mail"
"Mind if I borrow the sports section?"
"Do you have change for a dollar?"

Note - not a definitive list, and very subjective. Feel free to edit.





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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2020, 05:55:04 PM »
Hey, who remembers dialing without an area code???
That was a big change.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2020, 05:56:19 PM »
That was a big change.
Yup, don't think twice about it today, but was super annoying at the time

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2020, 05:57:09 PM »
Can someone rewind that tape?

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2020, 05:58:18 PM »
Yup, don't think twice about it today
Probably mostly because you hardly ever actually "dial" the number you're calling.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #34 on: January 27, 2020, 06:00:38 PM »
You left the phone off the hook

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2020, 06:04:34 PM »
Yup, don't think twice about it today, but was super annoying at the time
Kids have a numbers that doesn't work. I ask if they dialed the area code. That look at me like most here do. That I am from another planet.  :)
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2020, 06:04:59 PM »
You left the phone off the hook
We still have that problem.  :)
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2020, 06:06:42 PM »
Kids have a numbers that doesn't work. I ask if they dialed the area code. That look at me like most here do. That I am from another planet.  :)
Try changing your location to Brooklyn or Lakewood  ;)

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #38 on: January 27, 2020, 06:10:25 PM »
Same as Hang up the phone.

How about to dial a number. Why is it called dial... many of these origins that people don't know anymore.

What about the old Send and End buttons on the original flip phones, or why they're called 'Touch tones'

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #39 on: January 27, 2020, 06:13:44 PM »
What about the old Send and End buttons on the original flip phones, or why they're called 'Touch tones'
Send and End still around on the "new filp phones" too

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2020, 06:14:45 PM »
Can you develop this film for me?

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2020, 06:15:23 PM »
Hang up the phone so I can go online already :)
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2020, 06:19:18 PM »
Hey, who remembers dialing without an area code??? I'll never forget the day I kept calling people only to hear the annoying "please press 1 and then the area code to complete your call" >:(
Was it really that long ago that this changed?
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2020, 06:23:36 PM »
Was it really that long ago that this changed?
1997 IIRC

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2020, 06:27:24 PM »
Was it really that long ago that this changed?
October 11, 1996
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