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Old 01-24-2016, 08:51 PM
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Thus, to be old is to be in the toilet.
Wrong. Old people are frequently in a hurry to go to a toilet. If they were in the toilet as you say, why would they be in a hurry to go there?
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:53 AM
 
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This has been a very entertaining thread to read. Many of the responses from the "older" people have cracked me up!
I want to be like the ones that have a sense of humor when I grow even older.
Best to have a sense of humor about things rather than be an old bitter person.

When I was around 40, my Mother and I were out. I said something to the fact that she was "old", at the time she was in her early 60's. She snapped back at me and said, "old????". Well I said, "you are older than me".

At that moment I made a decision that I would never be offended if someone called me old. I found my Mother's reaction silly.

I have never used those other terms to refer to an older person. But just calling someone old--haven't done that either since my Mother's reaction traumatized me!
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:17 AM
 
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Interesting. Many of the responses seem to be along the lines of "don't be so sensitive" and "learn to live with it" along with a few cries of "politically correct."

Evidently, once you are past a certain age, being called a toilet term is just something else to accept.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I think it's just that some are taking this far too seriously. Lighten up. Call me anything you want, I've probably been called worse by people who actually KNOW me!
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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I usually call older people older man, guy etc, and older ladies older lady. When talking to them its Sir or Maam.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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It's all relative and I suggest you are only really old if there is not someone out there you know older than you.

I get a big kick when I hear a 30-something person lament how they are getting old to which I typically reply by telling them they're not old and that I have lint in my belly button older than them.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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Call me anything you want, as long as you call me for lunch !
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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We had an English teacher (woman) who used to do that. What was funny was that she'd let one go and blame one of the kids.
Isn't that what kids are for? Dogs will work too if there isn't a kid around.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Calling people names isn't confined to the elderly. Bullies use whatever derogatory term necessary to get a rise out of their victim. I'm in the old camp: Sticks and stones.....

If someone disparages another within my hearing distance, especially the elderly, I usually smile and know time will deal with the rude person in their golden years.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I'm retired, but I still call some others Old Farts, because they are. Many of us are still with it, but some are not.
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