GRAMMY'S THOUGHTS: Words of the Past
I'm sure you can think of more, but I have made a list of some of the words we used to describe various objects - from people to things in our yard, our cupboards and in our heads!
Thingamajiggee: (thing-a-ma-jig-gee_ Anything you couldn't name right away but by pointing at it, indicate what you were talking about).
Lallapalooza - A super-duper thingamajiggee
Toe Jam - the stuff between your toes in the morning, or derogatory remark about someone. (Almost as bad as POS).
Walking on air - as opposed to astronaut (which we never heard of) extreme happiness
Allakazam - magical phrase similar to “Open Sesame” as in Aladdin and the Forty Thieves, which most young people have never heard of either.
Toady - a spy, an underling, a follower without thought, a fall man,
All done in - Extreme tiredness from a very hard job or extreme stress
Darkie - An African American, Somalian, Dominican Republican, Liberian and Mexican (excuse me: Latino),
Shyster - as in someone who wants to take advantage of you
Watchamacallit - can be the name of a person *forgotten* or a thing, bug, etc.
Bad Blood - referring to your ancestors which you inherited tendencies toward criminality or the animosity for one person for another - enemies
Shape up or ship out! - correct your attitude, actions or attire to conform to the standard at the time
Piece of Cake - easy peasy - no sweat - - a job, chore or convincing someone else to your liking
What's your name? - Puddin' Tame, ask me again and I'll tell you the same!
What's your name? - John Brown, ask me again and I'll knock you down!
Mother Goose - The beloved books of rhyme for children, such as: “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candlestick.” Lessons in life. “Jack & Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.”
Jack was used in many ways: Jack him up - tell him to hurry! Jack of all trades - a handyman, Balling the Jack - a musical composition, Jack the Ripper - a murderer in early England who used a knife to murder young women walking along the streets.
Fairy Tales - Aesop's Fables - Once Upon a Time - Stories for young children, read to by their parents
Gay - Happy, delighted, carefree - a happy attitude about life.
Queer - person with sexual preferences which do not follow the normal man-woman tendencies or pedophiles, etc.
Joe, java - coffee
Dumb as a stump - rather non-intellectual
Dolly, cutie, honey, lovey, baby, etc. - terms of endearment showing masculine superiority?
Commune- Living in a community of free spirits (usually self-sufficient for a while)
Bonnie & Clyde- A couple who went on a crime spree, murder and theft
Most people had a nickname: Tiny, Fats, Stony,
Stretch, Mac, Spike, Red, Molly, Meg, Tom, Bob, etc.
Toodle-oo - Goodbye, Adios, so-long
Until we meet again -