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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 #195 on: October 25, 2020, 10:38:49 PM »
You got 14 out of 20 right!
You're definitely over 40

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #196 on: October 25, 2020, 10:40:40 PM »
Try this quiz and see how many you get

https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/over-40-quiz
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #198 on: October 25, 2020, 10:48:48 PM »
Amazing that JS isn't blocked yet.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #199 on: October 25, 2020, 10:51:40 PM »
16/20 and i blew the last one. either way just 32 here so not a great quiz

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #201 on: November 23, 2020, 10:10:57 PM »
Got the penny/turntable wrong.  :-[
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