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Old 06-20-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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In the 19th century she was the governess.
In the 20th century she was the nanny.
In the 21st century she is the au pair.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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"pig sty" - called a pig pen today unless it's your teenage son or daughter's room. In that case, it's still a "pig sty".

As for racial identification, I stick with "black" or "black American" . (I refuse to say "African-American"--to me it implies divided loyalties.) As a child in Texas, we said "Mexican" for all the Spanish-speaking students in school. Today, I refer to such people as "Hispanics", usually.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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In the 19th century she was the governess.
In the 20th century she was the nanny.
In the 21st century she is the au pair.

Only if you're a frog.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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My Dad used to call me "squirt" when I was real little. When he was in a hurry he'd say, "Let's get a move on."
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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My Dad used to call me "squirt" when I was real little. When he was in a hurry he'd say, "Let's get a move on."
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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My Dad used to call me "squirt" when I was real little. When he was in a hurry he'd say, "Let's get a move on."
My dad used to call me that, too.

He also called me "wiggle worm" when I sat on his lap.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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My SO uses this one, yonder. As in "The remote is over yonder." And he isn't that old and he was raised in NYC.

Lots of old words for various diseases that have gone outdated like dropsy, pleurisy, and the clap(venereal disease).
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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When a child couldn't sit still at dinner, my mother used to say, "she doesn't have any sittin' meat."
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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My SO uses this one, yonder. As in "The remote is over yonder." And he isn't that old and he was raised in NYC.

Lots of old words for various diseases that have gone outdated like dropsy, pleurisy, and the clap(venereal disease).
I had forgotten about that. "Clap" was gonorrhea. Even "venereal disease" has lost favor to "STD" or "sexually transmitted disease".
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: kind of North of the middle of nowhere, FL
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My Grandmother referred to the Sofa as the "devan"
Whenever we had an ice storm, My grandfather used the phrase "slick as glass"
I never encountered that phrase from anyone else though
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