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Old 02-26-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I am asking about words or terms that your grandparents said that aren't used any more. I'm not talking about pre-1950s slang, just generic words.
I am 50 years old, so my grandparents and their siblings were born in the 1890s. My father's mother always used the word "grip" for "luggage" and my mother's mother always used the term "filling station" for "gas station." What words do you remember your family's older generations saying that you don't hear any more?
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: On the dark side of the Moon
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Nary
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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"pocketbook" for "purse" or "bag"
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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"pocketbook" for "purse" or "bag"
Hey! We say pocketbook all the time. In the stores the signs even say pocketbooks. I was in the ER yesterday and there was a sign about taking your pocketbook with you. Purse sounds pretentious to me or it's something an effiminate man would say. Even Oprah says pocketbook.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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My mother called the living room the parlor.
Icebox, of course.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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"Catarrh" for sinus infection or runny nose.

"Rheumatism" for arthritic pain.

"Gripping" for stomach discomfort.

"Ague" for flu.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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"Davenport" for sofa or couch.

"Dungarees" for blue jeans.

FYI, I'm 47 years old.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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"Picture show" for a movie.

"Station wagon" for a van-type car.

"Panel truck" for a van-type truck.

"Divan" for a sofa or couch
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Veranda

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Old 02-27-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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"Sparking", "petting" and "necking" for making out.

"Making out" meant "all the way".

"Parking" for making out in a parked car.
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