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What Words Do You Use that "Date" You?

 
 
Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2011 10:24 pm
Over the years, there were certain words that captures the public's fancy. These words were used ad nauseum, in time, later relegated to "normal" usage.

I have noticed something about my own writing. When I want to describe something out of the ordinary, I often use the word, "fabulous". It just hit me that fabulous was a word that was overused in the 1950's, (if you can remember the phrase "the fabulous fifties", you know exactly what I mean.) I then realized that the the word "fabulous" dated me.

Are there any words that you currently use that were overused in an earlier time, but are only used regularly by people who grew up in a certain era?
 
Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2011 11:08 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I've got a friend that says groovy.

I think that's kinda cool...
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aidan
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2011 11:42 pm
Right On!

Just kidding - I've never said that- it just fits so well with groovy and cool (and reminded me of Linc from the Mod Squad).

kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 12:41 am
Albums. I call them albums sometimes.

What do the kids call them now anyway? Disks? Releases? CDs? DVDs? WTF?!
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 06:49 am
@kickycan,
Kicky- I have been known to call CDs, "records". After all, they ARE recordings!
Laughing
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 06:56 am
@aidan,
Just saw "American Gangster". Unbilled, Clarence Williams III (Linc) played "Bumpy" Johnson. I was shocked when I saw him, and realized how time had flown. When I looked him up, I discovered that he was my age, and that really was a "trip"! (Another dated word)
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 07:35 am
Dunno. When my posse crashes here in my crib tonight I'll ask them if they grok this.
Joe(Later.)Nation
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 07:52 am
@Joe Nation,
i'm hip to that daddy-o

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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:00 am
wow
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:04 am
I seem to use "awesome" a lot, which gives off a whiff of 80's.
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:05 am
@Phoenix32890,
Hep and hip ( äs in that is a hip expression which replaced, "man, you're a hep cat." Very maynard G. Krebbs from 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis')

Blast (as in wow, that party was blast, though I still it hear this term even today)

Bomar-brain (as in the old computer ..twerm means a very smart, nerdy)

Aura (as in I liked her aura even though she was a Scorpio)

bad ju-ju (as in bad aura... voodoo-occult connotation vey passe)

gear or fab (gear is so old that I'd not be suprised if only a few recognize it)
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:10 am
@Ragman,
wow, didn't think many folks outside britain used gear, unless you're a junky Razz
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:11 am
"See ya later, alligator" countered with, "In awhile crocodile".

When I was young, something that was wonderful was "hot". Later, "cool" became so pervasive, that after awhile, it lost all its meaning. I think that we are back to "hot" again!

Before my time, there was the "bohemian", a person who was a bit out of sync with the general culture. Bohemian became "beatnik", then "hippie". I really don't know how those folks are described now.
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:15 am
@Phoenix32890,
Blame the stick figure Paris Hilton for 'hawt's' overuse. It's as yesterday's news now as a Member's Only jackets are.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:17 am
@Phoenix32890,
I hear terms like freak, freak-a-zoid and a few times hemp-head for the pot-smokers. Rastafarians still use the term righteous. Sometimes, though more rarely, 'head' (as in pot-head) used, though.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:20 am
@djjd62,
Gear here (state-side) though, meant...same as fab or groovy. Theose bell-bottoms are gear...ab fab (absolutely fabulous).

Not the way someone dresses or their garb or a drummers gear say is their drum kit. Not the needle-works for junkies .
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:21 am
@Phoenix32890,
Hipster maybe. Although they're a slightly different breed.

I think of beatniks and hippies as being different too rather than two words for the same creature.

Hipster: likes Apple products, has large plastic-framed glasses, wears scarves (male + female) and tight jeans.

Hippie (young): Microbrews, is very into fermentation in general, wears a lot of hemp products.

Hippie (old): Same as ever but hair is now gray or white.

Beatnik (old): There aren't really any young beatniks in the way there are young hippies I don't think. So beatnik is more a historical reference (Ginsberg et al) or an original beatnik who is now aged (like the old hippie).
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:22 am
@Ragman,
yeah, i just always seems very british to me
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:29 am
@sozobe,
Old reference to beatnik: nihilistic (more like today's goth than hippies). They're big on non-thematic bee-bop jazz, poetry slams, ban-the-bomb/end-of-the-world-scenario, Dharma bum-On-the Road Again-Jack-Kerouac, Ginsberg poetry, perhaps early Leronard Cohen.

Quote:
old hippie hair is white
or no hair at all!
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:33 am
@djjd62,
Reference to gear here is not the way the term used now. This is about the dated way the term was used in the '60s and '70s.
 

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