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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 #105 on: January 28, 2020, 11:21:54 AM »
At this point, we should just rename this the nostalgia master thread.
Split off a collect calling 101 thread while you're at it.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #106 on: January 28, 2020, 12:13:58 PM »
Added a wiki to keep it back OT

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #107 on: January 28, 2020, 12:21:16 PM »
Follow your moral compass

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #108 on: January 28, 2020, 12:25:32 PM »
Follow your moral compass

Did that not age well because morals are no longer to be found, regardless of whether one uses a compass, gps, or any other type of handheld device?
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #109 on: January 28, 2020, 12:33:50 PM »
Did that not age well because morals are no longer to be found, regardless of whether one uses a compass, gps, or any other type of handheld device?
C: All of the above.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #110 on: January 28, 2020, 12:38:31 PM »
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #111 on: January 28, 2020, 12:40:40 PM »
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

Didn't age well because you're the LMS and there are no others?
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #112 on: January 28, 2020, 12:54:21 PM »

Help! We ran out of ticker tape

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #113 on: January 28, 2020, 12:59:23 PM »
Help! We ran out of ticker tape
Would you like me to FedEx some to you.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #114 on: January 28, 2020, 01:23:14 PM »
Would you like me to FedEx some to you.

People still fedex?

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #115 on: January 28, 2020, 01:28:11 PM »
People still fedex?
Just did today.
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« Reply #117 on: January 28, 2020, 01:53:50 PM »
if you can't do the time, don't do the crime
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #118 on: January 28, 2020, 01:55:40 PM »
if you can't do the time, don't do the crime

I guess that's an improperly aged NY phrase given the recent "reforms" which make "doing the time" a non-issue.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #119 on: January 28, 2020, 01:57:43 PM »
People still fedex?

Those that live in Memphis, TN or those that business in areas properly served by FedEx.
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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