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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 #90 on: January 28, 2020, 08:44:09 AM »
This one’s for the highlight reel

... or the line made famous by Warner Wolf - 'Let's go to the video tape'....

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #91 on: January 28, 2020, 08:45:23 AM »

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #92 on: January 28, 2020, 08:46:01 AM »
Stopping at a gas station to ask for directions

Or keeping an atlas in your glove compartment.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #93 on: January 28, 2020, 08:52:39 AM »
How about Pagers - anyone remember smartbeep? Pager "codes".

When I was a sophmore in college, someone's pager went off in the front row of class. The professor got upset, he told the person to go call their dealer. The person was flabbergasted. The professor said "where I come from, only two kinds of people have pagers, doctors and drug dealers - so if your actually a physician who's back in school getting a degree in computer science, please accept my apologies"

If we're being more nostalgic, how about this article I wrote a few years ago: https://medium.com/@yonahwolf/1994-vs-2009-vs-2017-94ce7a7b6e53


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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #94 on: January 28, 2020, 08:54:34 AM »
Of course, we still use the phrases 'Single', 'Album', 'LP', and 'EP' in describing music (the latter terms not as much anymore), which all essentially have to do with the size of the vinyl record.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #95 on: January 28, 2020, 09:26:03 AM »


... or the line made famous by Warner Wolf - 'Let's go to the video tape'....



Let's go to the video tape...


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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #96 on: January 28, 2020, 09:35:01 AM »
"Hello and welcome to MovieFone. If you know the name of the movie you'd like to see, press 1 now"
As @davidmal says: "Likes" feed the family

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #97 on: January 28, 2020, 09:37:12 AM »
"You've got mail"
Memories last forever, make them while you can.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #98 on: January 28, 2020, 10:04:38 AM »
... or the line made famous by Warner Wolf - 'Let's go to the video tape'....

Let's go to the video tape...

That's the problem when you reply to a message on page 4, not having read page 7 :)

Or to keep with the theme - "I didn't get the memo"

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #99 on: January 28, 2020, 10:23:26 AM »
"Hello and welcome to MovieFone. If you know the name of the movie you'd like to see, press 1 now"

Why don't you just tell me what movie you want to see
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #100 on: January 28, 2020, 10:31:44 AM »
Who remembers needing to book tickets via a travel agent and then needing to physically pick up that ticket?!?

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #101 on: January 28, 2020, 10:33:00 AM »
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #102 on: January 28, 2020, 10:57:58 AM »
Be kind, rewind.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #103 on: January 28, 2020, 11:05:54 AM »
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What about 976 and 900 numbers? Miss Cleo and Dionne Warwick?

Sports phone? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Phone

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #104 on: January 28, 2020, 11:16:50 AM »
At this point, we should just rename this the nostalgia master thread.
Memories last forever, make them while you can.