Let’s face it, back in the good ole’ days people had some pretty nifty ways of saying things. Of course, we have our own vocabulary today (just take a look at urban dictionary), but sometimes just because something is new doesn’t necessarily mean it is better. Without a doubt, however, this works the other way around too. To clarify, we aren’t trying to imply that everything was better back in the day and that society has just fallen apart and that kids these days are no good and that music is awful and just take us back to the 60’s when everything was rosy. No. Not at all. For starters, everything wasn’t rosy….ever. In fact, by most metrics, we live in a more peaceful world than ever before; we live longer; and we live more comfortably. But that is neither here nor there. Today’s list is about language and the way people have used it over time. Without getting political, we’re just going to get a little nostalgic and take a tour of how the English language has evolved. Although we have our cool little modern slang, these are 25 Old Words And Phrases That Should Make A Comeback!
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It used to mean something that is past its prime, but now this phrase is just old hat.
Somebody who complains a lot
Put a sock in it
Shake a leg
To snitch on somebody
A rude and selfish man
The Cat's Pajamas
Somebody who is the best at what they do. (“Oh wow, he’s the cat’s pajamas!”)
It means to have a neat appearance.
As in “cool.” For example, “Dude that’s so gone man.”
Do we even need to tell you what this means?
As a noun, it refers to a man who cares too much about his appearance. As an adjective, it describes something that is very good or impressive.
These are foolish words or ideas.
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A foolish or selfish person
It’s a public argument.
This refers to talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about something.
Another word for “playful or silly behavior.”
It means “fist fight.”
This refers to the day after tomorrow.
This was supposed to sound antiquated even in the 1920’s. It’s a term of endearment used for friends.
Your grandma may have affectionately called your dog this although the true meaning referred to a clumsy person.
Once, twice, thrice!
That's the ticket!
Said when something is right
This one is still used in some places (short for fellows).
Means, “Get out of here!”
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