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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 #75 on: January 27, 2020, 09:34:39 PM »
What's outdated about that?
most recharging these days work via USB

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #76 on: January 27, 2020, 09:51:11 PM »
Carbon copy

How many people using CC nowadays know that it stands for Carbon Copy, let alone have ever seen carbon paper and a carbon copy rather than carbonless copies? (Talk about eliminating carbon footprint). 
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #77 on: January 27, 2020, 09:53:05 PM »
most recharging these days work via USB
meh, still not outdated.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #78 on: January 27, 2020, 10:43:39 PM »
Those calling methods were still common in the mid 80s.
I did them as a kid in the late 1990's (not in US), sometimes was an automated operator where you recorded your name so it was easier

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #79 on: January 27, 2020, 11:05:47 PM »
How many people using CC nowadays know that it stands for Carbon Copy, let alone have ever seen carbon paper and a carbon copy rather than carbonless copies? (Talk about eliminating carbon footprint).
Some cc terminals still use carbon paper for receipts
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #80 on: January 28, 2020, 12:32:47 AM »
We did the pay phone thing always, collect call to mom "imathemallpickmeup"

Of course she might not be able to pick you up when you have to wait an hour, call back or even bum a quarter

"Did anyone see the phone" when we would keep losing the house cordless phone and have to page it


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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #81 on: January 28, 2020, 12:39:52 AM »
Hang up the phone...itís off the hook.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #82 on: January 28, 2020, 12:54:51 AM »
Itís the beginning of the end.
This is a turning point.
The walls are closing in. 
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #83 on: January 28, 2020, 12:56:00 AM »
Itís the beginning of the end.
This is a turning point.
The walls are closing in. 
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #84 on: January 28, 2020, 12:59:12 AM »
?
I'm pretty sure there are more complete ones, but this is what I found

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #85 on: January 28, 2020, 01:11:39 AM »
I'm pretty sure there are more complete ones, but this is what I found

I don't get it. I thought those phrases are still used.

 (the politics thread has a alert every page or two)

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #86 on: January 28, 2020, 01:16:27 AM »
(the politics thread has a alert every page or two)
And they tend to not "age" very well :)

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2020, 01:58:39 AM »


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)"

We did it in camp all the time .. we would say the last 4 digits of that camp phone ( there was a paper near the telephone at home with all the phone calls. ) And would get a call back.

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" >:(

In Monsey you still don't need to dial the area code...

Have any good apps to beam me?

The Palm Pilot... totally forgot about that.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2020, 07:22:16 AM »
The Palm Pilot... totally forgot about that.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #89 on: January 28, 2020, 08:42:17 AM »
Was it really that long ago that this changed?

 In Connecticut, I could dial 7 digits until 2009, and in westchester, until I switched to VOIP service (as recently as 1 year ago), I could still dial 7 digits.