Do you remember Murgatroyd?
Do you remember that word? Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?
Heavens to Mergatroyd! The epression was popularized by the cartoon charater Snagglepuss – a regular on the Yogi Bear Show in the 1960’s.
Lost Words from our childhood:
Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.
About a month ago, someone illuminated some old expressions that I have copied here. Expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included:
“Don’t touch that dial,”
“You sound like a broken record,”
“Hung out to dry.”
Back in the olden days we had a lot of ‘moxie.’
We’d put on our best ‘bib and tucker’ to’ straighten up and fly right’ and Gay mean ‘happy’.
Heavens to Betsy!
We were ‘in like Flynt’ and ‘living the life of Riley’', and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?
Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers...AND DON'T FORGET... Saddle Stitched Pants
Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or, “This is a ‘fine kettle of fish” they are all gone!
We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards. Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind
We blink, and they’re gone.
Where have all those great phrases gone?
The milkman did it.
Hey! It’s your nickel.
Don’t forget to pull the chain.
Knee high to a grasshopper.
Going like sixty.
I’ll see you in the funny papers.
Don’t take any wooden nickels.
Wake up and smell the roses.
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. ("Carter's Little Liver Pills" are gone too!)
We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.
It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging.
Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...
See ya later, alligator, Okidoki, and so many more that have slipped my memory, too.
WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 40/50'S.
NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN.
GOD GAVE US ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS:
Sadly, though, for some of us, that too is beginning to fade!!! :-(