Topic Wiki

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.





« Last edited by Yonah on January 29, 2020, 11:24:01 AM »

Author Topic: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well  (Read 6979 times)

Offline avromie7

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 5033
  • Total likes: 397
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 6
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #45 on: January 27, 2020, 06:34:24 PM »
October 11, 1996
I think different places changed at different times, I remember when is changed in Lakewood, and there's no way I would remember it if it was in 1996.
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

Offline CountValentine

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 7812
  • Total likes: 1370
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips -1
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
  • Location: Poland - Exiled
  • Programs: DAOTYA, DDF Level 3, 5K Lounge
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2020, 06:35:30 PM »
I think different places changed at different times,
Only place that mattered was where I was at.  :)
You're so far up Trump's a** you can see Giuliani's feet.  HT Baruch

Offline as2

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 5324
  • Total likes: 661
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 24
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2020, 06:36:38 PM »
I think different places changed at different times, I remember when is changed in Lakewood, and there's no way I would remember it if it was in 1996.
You might be remembering when you it changed to needing to press "1" before the area code, when calling from a land-line but not a cell phone.
Memories last forever, make them while you can.

Offline as2

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 5324
  • Total likes: 661
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 24
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #48 on: January 27, 2020, 06:37:11 PM »
Only place that mattered was where I was at.  :)
They changed this in Poland too?
Memories last forever, make them while you can.

Offline avromie7

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 5033
  • Total likes: 397
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 6
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #49 on: January 27, 2020, 06:38:48 PM »
You might be remembering when you it changed to needing to press "1" before the area code, when calling from a land-line but not a cell phone.
-1
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

Offline good sam

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jun 2011
  • Posts: 2937
  • Total likes: 306
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #50 on: January 27, 2020, 06:41:16 PM »
Roll the tape
Leave a message on my machine
Carbon copy
Roladex
If you don't care why would you comment?
HT: DMYD

Offline CountValentine

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 7812
  • Total likes: 1370
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips -1
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
  • Location: Poland - Exiled
  • Programs: DAOTYA, DDF Level 3, 5K Lounge
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #51 on: January 27, 2020, 06:43:38 PM »
They changed this in Poland too?
I was doing my thesis in the US at that time.  :P
You're so far up Trump's a** you can see Giuliani's feet.  HT Baruch

Offline chff

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2012
  • Posts: 4795
  • Total likes: 183
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 24
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
  • Programs: All of them...
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #52 on: January 27, 2020, 06:52:03 PM »
My dad did a gap year in Israel long before it was a thing (in 1968, one year after the 6-day war). He would tell stories about how his friends would make collect calls, but instead of saying their names, they'd use a short yiddish phrase to send their parents a message. He said the most common thing was a collect call from "Shick Gelt" (Send Money).

So a kid would call their parents collect from "Shick Gelt" and the parents would reject the call and send him some money.

Every once in a while, they'd get a yiddish speaking operator who would jump into the game - i.e. the kid would say "Collect call from Shick Gelt" and the operator would ask them "Viful? (How much)"
https://youtube.com/watch?v=V04bh-G4-qU

Offline ExGingi

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Nov 2015
  • Posts: 7560
  • Total likes: 1636
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 9
    • View Profile
  • Location: 770
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #53 on: January 27, 2020, 06:58:05 PM »
My dad did a gap year in Israel long before it was a thing (in 1968, one year after the 6-day war). He would tell stories about how his friends would make collect calls, but instead of saying their names, they'd use a short yiddish phrase to send their parents a message. He said the most common thing was a collect call from "Shick Gelt" (Send Money).

So a kid would call their parents collect from "Shick Gelt" and the parents would reject the call and send him some money.

Every once in a while, they'd get a yiddish speaking operator who would jump into the game - i.e. the kid would say "Collect call from Shick Gelt" and the operator would ask them "Viful? (How much)"
Those calling methods were still common in the mid 80s.
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
-- Dan

Offline yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 6260
  • Total likes: 532
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #54 on: January 27, 2020, 07:08:37 PM »
Getting clotheslined

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 50K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 56284
  • Total likes: 4118
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 16441
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #55 on: January 27, 2020, 07:10:12 PM »
Have any good apps to beam me?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline ltttc

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: May 2019
  • Posts: 497
  • Total likes: 94
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2020, 07:22:38 PM »
Stopping at a gas station to ask for directions

Offline ltttc

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: May 2019
  • Posts: 497
  • Total likes: 94
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #57 on: January 27, 2020, 07:37:27 PM »
That's a cool walkman

Online whYME

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 2994
  • Total likes: 722
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #58 on: January 27, 2020, 07:38:45 PM »
Stopping at a gas station to ask for directions
How about using a (paper) map for directions?
Or for that matter actually knowing where you're going instead of blindly following the GPS

Offline grodnoking

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 5191
  • Total likes: 380
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2020, 07:39:39 PM »
Try changing your location to Brooklyn or Lakewood  ;)
Someone hit my car today in Lakewood, and left a note without an area code.
I'm not who you think I am.