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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.





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

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #135 on: January 29, 2020, 01:13:08 PM »
Did we pay the Keyspan bill?

Was the the new name for Brooklyn Union Gas?
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #136 on: January 29, 2020, 01:33:47 PM »
How are these obsolete? People still have ticking watches and wall clocks?

I can’t remember the last time I heard a clock/watch ticking.

The other one has to do with the horse racing finish line. 

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #137 on: January 29, 2020, 01:46:22 PM »
I can’t remember the last time I heard a clock/watch ticking.
I still have seen one or two clocks that tick. Watches too.


The other one has to do with the horse racing finish line.
they still race horses don't they? (Even if they do it with robots)

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #138 on: January 29, 2020, 01:54:11 PM »
I can’t remember the last time I heard a clock/watch ticking.

I just checked, mine does
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #139 on: January 29, 2020, 02:00:26 PM »
I still have seen one or two clocks that tick. Watches too.

So have I, but I've also seen record players being used more recently than that.

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they still race horses don't they? (Even if they do it with robots)

They do, but they don't decide the winner with a wire anymore.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #140 on: February 04, 2020, 01:06:48 PM »
Or a bell that doesn't ring
Like a plane without a pilot,

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #141 on: February 04, 2020, 01:27:33 PM »
A bell that isn't ring
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #142 on: February 04, 2020, 01:31:21 PM »
A bell that isn't ring
And here I thought you just made a grammatical error.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #143 on: February 04, 2020, 01:43:04 PM »
And here I thought you just made a grammatical error.
tsk tsk
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #144 on: February 04, 2020, 04:12:21 PM »
Credit card churning

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #145 on: February 04, 2020, 07:13:35 PM »
Credit card churning
or entering the cockpit

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #146 on: February 05, 2020, 12:03:16 AM »
Was it really that long ago that this changed?
In lax you could do this till a year or two ago

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #147 on: February 05, 2020, 09:05:48 AM »
“Cash” (in all applications)

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #148 on: February 05, 2020, 10:41:16 AM »
Nothing worse than listening to a bunch of ads and then nobody answered the call.
I started calling collect just to make sure someone was there to reject the call and answer the freeway call :D
What's that?

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #149 on: February 07, 2020, 09:17:31 AM »
Saw this on someone's facebook post:
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My daughter asked Alexa to play her favorite song. I said to her -'you know when I was your age, I'd have to continually call the radio station until I got through, then wait on hold for 30 minutes until I finally got on with the DJ to request my song. Then I would need to run over to my boom box and hit record so that I could tape the request and the song on a casette'. To which she replied:" Mom, I don't understand a single thing you just said"