Terms Which Have Disappeared

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

  1. This one time, at band camp...
     
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  2. Trenchfriend

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    "Do you got an egg wandering??"

    For a bad-tempered, edgy person.
     
  3. tonyb

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    We called ’em “rubbers,” too. We had the boot type, with metal buckles.

    I had two older brothers but I was bigger than both by age 8 or so. So getting the hand-me-down rubbers from them and cousins and such was borderline cruel and unusual, what with all the pulling and tugging I went through to get those undersized rubbers over my shoes.
     
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    Hercule Practically Family

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    Heavens to Betsy!
     
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    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    “That money is burning a hole in his pocket.”
     
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  6. Hats Matter

    Hats Matter One of the Regulars

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    I am coming to this Thread late in the game so these terms have likely been mentioned before. If not, here goes:

    The "ameche", as in: "Hand me the ameche so I can make a call". Reference to the actor Don Ameche who played Alexander Graham Bell in the movies.

    "Glad Rags" as in: "I need to get into some glad rags so we can hit town and paint it red". Glad Rags are fancy clothes. I think it applies more to women's clothes than men's clothes but I may be wring
     
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  7. LizzieMaine

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    That goes along with "soup and fish" as a term for men's full-dress evening wear, from the fact that such clothes were required at formal dinners.

    And then there's "monkey suit," which could be used either as a derisive term for formal clothes, or as a rather affectionate term for a baseball uniform. In either case it was a reference to the stylized outfits worn by performing monkeys -- which the wearers of either class of garments often considered themselves to be.
     
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  8. "You'll ruin your supper!" (or dinner, if you prefer)

    I don't recall ever actually "ruining" either one ... and it shows.
     
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  9. tonyb

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    “Putting on the dog” is (was) similar but not quite the same. Not formal wear, but showy, maybe even flashy, attire.

    I got the sense it was mildly pejorative, that the person so attired was seen as a tad on the foppish side.
     
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  10. ChiTownScion

    ChiTownScion Call Me a Cab

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    You are correct as to "soup & fish:" the term is employed to describe full formal (after six, white tie) dress. A full formal dinner usually included a soup course and a fish course in addition to the meat entree course. A "monkey suit" usually describes semi- formal (black tie: a tux/ DJ, but again, after six) wear.

    As I have said before, black tie is the classic democratic (small case) development: the guy who worked on the floor of the factory could dress up in a tux and take his lady out for a night on the town and still be as stylish as the business owner at a lot less expense than a tailcoat, pique waist coat, high collared shirt, top hat, etc., would entail.

    If you sail Cunard these days they still have what they call formal nights... but they're black tie and thus, semi- formal, affairs. Some of the other cruise lines boast what they term an "elegant night," where a clip on tie with a polyester polo shirt can be interpreted as ''elegant." I'm definitely more of the Cunard type.
     
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    My gastrointestinal tract was essentially without limits on capacity when I was of an age when grownups pulled that “you’ll ruin your dinner” stuff on me. When I was in my teens I’d have two or three sandwiches after school (this was maybe three hours after lunch) to hold me over until dinner.
     
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    I’ve cruised but once. It was anything but formal. It was kinda tacky, really. People stuffing their faces and disco dancing and throwing away money at the onboard casino. I checked out a Junot Diaz book at the onboard library. Watched a couple of football games on the gargantuscreen (some watched from the pool; I prefer my football dry). And stuffed my face.
     
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  13. ThankfulGirl

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    Powdering your nose, although that is an expression I still use.

    Y's a letter and B's no better, for young children who persistently ask "why?" (MINE!!!!)
    See also "Eh? is for horses" as a retort to people who say "eh?" instead of "sorry?" or "excuse me?" if they don't hear you properly.
    I'm on a mission to rejuvenate disorganised things being "like Fred Carno's circus"
     
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