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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 #180 on: June 17, 2020, 12:53:45 AM »
Seems like I belong on the list of things that did age well, because there is no way I'm under 40.


Same. DW and I are mid 30s and both scored 15/20. What’s interesting is that we compared our answers and there are definitely differences that can be explained by our varied upbringing .
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #181 on: June 17, 2020, 12:57:34 AM »
Same. DW and I are mid 30s and both scored 15/20. What’s interesting is that we compared our answers and there are definitely differences that can be explained by our varied upbringing .
Well honestly some I didn't know, but were obvious to me only because of similar items I did grow up with.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #182 on: June 17, 2020, 01:01:53 AM »
Seems like I belong on the list of things that did age well, because there is no way I'm under 40.

I guess I aged pretty well. At 19/20 I recognized even things I didn't grow up with.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #183 on: June 17, 2020, 01:05:43 AM »
Seems like I belong on the list of things that did age well, because there is no way I'm under 40.
I got 17/20 on that one.

0/20 on this one
https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/again-there-is-literally-no-way-youre-going-to-pass-this
I guess I need to get out more :))

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #184 on: June 17, 2020, 01:14:45 AM »
0/20 on this one
https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/again-there-is-literally-no-way-youre-going-to-pass-this
I guess I need to get out more :))

4/20

I don't think you need to get out more, just don't try to guess the right answer to something you don't know. A random click will usually yield better results than 0/20.
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #185 on: June 17, 2020, 01:17:31 AM »
I don't think you need to get out more, just don't try to guess the right answer to something you don't know. A random click will usually yield better results than 0/20.
Right, I meant to add a note that I davka didn't guess, the point is that I didn't know any of them.

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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #187 on: June 18, 2020, 01:18:54 PM »
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« Reply #188 on: June 18, 2020, 02:20:39 PM »
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
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Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
« Reply #190 on: July 01, 2020, 11:17:05 AM »
Seems like I belong on the list of things that did age well, because there is no way I'm under 40.
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