Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|Have you noticed: we’ve lost some wonderful words along the way? Think about it: “cellophane.” When did you last use “cellophane” in a sentence? And, what about calling an attractive guy “tough?” We didn’t mean he looked like a “bruiser.” We used that for guys with neat haircuts and button-down collar oxford cloth shirts. I can’t remember the name of that haircut. Oh, and the entire recording industry. No one buys records anymore, even though ”vinyl” is back in fashion. Recently a friend and I explained “half-court basketball for women” to a forty-something and she couldn’t believe that such a thing ever existed. That is one thing I’m glad to leave behind. With the invention of antiperspirants, women can now sweat and no one seems to care.
Sometimes, I notice people in my generation bringing words up that have fallen out of use merely to hear those sounds again. Just last night, we were talking about “Woolworth’s,” “Grants” and “Ben Franklin” stores. Occasionally, someone will have a party where everyone must dress as they did in a particular decade. That is always good fun. I still have a few things from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, but people now are nostalgic for the 80’s! Did anything actually happen in the 1980’s? Who would have thought it possible to be nostalgic for the 1990’s? They aren’t really over yet, are they? Well, it seems that some people think so.
I remember my older brother saying, “that’s none of your beeswax!” Now we worry if bees will still be around for next growing season. I guess it is happening: I am part of the “older generation” who know a lot of cool unused words, but a lot of new words leave me puzzled. It’s okay, really. We are all “hunky dory.”