Terms Which Have Disappeared

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by KILO NOVEMBER, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Mr. Pickett

    Mr. Pickett Familiar Face

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    Now you say that..

    Does anybody ever use the word "nab" to mean to takr something?

    "He nabbed the ball."

    "The burglar must've nabbed it."

    Fairly certain I've used it a couple times. Not sure how antiquated it is or whether it's fairly recent/common just I din't hear it from my neck of the woods.
     
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  2. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I've heard sportscasters use it -- "There's a hard liner up the middle --- Smith nabs it for the out!"

    We also used to call those little packets of cheese and peanut-butter crackers you bought at lunch counters "Nabs." It was originally a brand name for the Nabisco line of such products, but it was widely used as a generic in my childhood. "Get yourself a pack of Nabs for your lunchbox tomorrow."
     
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  3. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    One of my brothers-in-law had the same idea, but his methods were very different. When his two sons were approaching the age when they might start being mischievous he sat them down and explained, "Whatever you're even thinking of doing, just remember I was your age once and I've done it, so you're not getting away with anything." They each tested him two or three times, realized fairly quickly that he wasn't lying and, as a result, brother- and sister-in-law had very few problems with them. They still got in trouble occasionally, as all kids do, but their "offenses" were always minor.

    Mom tried that one on me once. She realized it wouldn't work when I replied, "Well, you'd better pack it up and send it to them, 'cause I'm not eating it." :D
     
  4. skydog757

    skydog757 A-List Customer

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    I prefer the synonym "Hornswoggled". I love the comedic effect in older films where a character who's been duped realizes he's "been had" (another lost term) and declares "Egad! I've been hornswoggled!"
     
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  5. skydog757

    skydog757 A-List Customer

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    Another warning phrase that seems lost these days is telling someone to "Can it", as in throw it in a trash can, lose it, stop it, etc. Then there's the military variant of "Sh*t can it", which usually referred to a physical object or project rather than a behavior or attitude.
     
  6. More than once I've had only a "pack of Nabs" for lunch. I used that term once, and a few of the youngsters didn't know what I was talking about. They knew the little orange peanut butter crackers, but had never heard them called "Nabs".
     
  7. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

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    We sold Nabisco Nabs at the gas station, and I must've eaten my weight in them each year. There's just something about fake cheese and stale peanut butter that really hits the spot.
     
  8. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Are TUC-crackers widely available in the US? Germany is TUC-area, you know. :D
     
  9. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I've never seen them around here -- the snack-cracker market in this area is dominated by Keebler and Frito-Lay. I don't think actual Nabsico Nabs have been around since the '70s.
     
  10. Trenchfriend

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    Aaaaah, Nabisco means "National Biscuit Company".

    That's cute!
     
  11. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Interesting. Until today, I heared just one time of american "root-beer", on Star Trek: DS9 (Quark). A sweet, herbal, alcoholfree drink from saffron-root, originally.
     
  12. Fading Fast

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    I love almost every variety of those - the peanut better in the middle, the cheese in the middle, the cheese cracker with the peanut butter in the middle, there's even a peanut butter and jelly middle one - not as good, but still good. They are a perfect on the go meal or sit at your desk snack. I can have a package or two of those, a candy bar and call it lunch. I was familiar with the term "nabs" in baseball, mainly, but never knew its origin 'till now. And I, too, probably eat my weight in them each year.
     
  13. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Really good root-beer is sublime, but it's hard to find nowadays. Usually what you get is a mixture of cheap chemical ethers, yucca sap, and caramel color mixed with soda water. And sometimes they lace it with caffeine and you don't realize this until you've already had two of them.

    Now, prune juice on the other hand -- that's a warrior's drink.

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  14. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Yep, Worf and Guinan at "ten forward". :D
     
  15. kaiser

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  16. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The stuff I really liked was Richardson's Root Beer -- I don't think it was sold in bottles, you could only get it on draft at ice cream stands and lunch counters. It was always dispensed from a big barrel-shaped unit that sat on the countertop, and was always served in a frosted mug.

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  17. KILO NOVEMBER

    KILO NOVEMBER Practically Family

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    In western Pennsylvania, it was Dad's Root Beer, when I was a boy. I think this one goes back far enough to be "golden age". Also, in the snack cracker world, we had Lance crackers. As a teenager, I had an after-school and weekend job driving a vending machine operator's truck (the owner or one of his kids rode shot gun as navigator). We went from tavern to factory lunch room, all over south western PA, restocking candy machines, pop machines (that's "soda", for those of you east of the Alleghenies), and cigarette machines (another extinct species). Lance crackers went into every candy machine.
    Remind me sometime to tell you the story of unloading a tractor-trailer load of book matches at his warehouse.
     
  18. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    When I was growing up here in southern California it was either Hires or A&W. A&W's root beer is far too sweet for my tastes these days, but their diet version isn't bad.
     
  19. Stearmen

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    Just bought a six pack of ICB root beer today. Glass bottles of course, and some Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico, the best of the best!
     
  20. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    Speaking of Six Pack, does any one these days know what that refers to in the automotive world? Or a Pair Of Deuces, and Three Deuces or Tripower?
     
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