Words That Make Us Sound “Old” To Our Kids


We all know not to say things like, “When I was your age,” or “In my day” if we want to avoid sounding like our parents!

However, there are words and phrases that sometime creep in to our conversation that sound alarm bells with our children and grandchildren, that date us. We’re not saying that we should monitor our language (we’re entitled to speak the way we want, after all) but here are a few of those words and phrases that make the kids giggle:
- “I’m going to tape that program.” Beta and VHS formats hit the market in the 1970s. Digital formats made them functionally obsolete.
- “Dungarees.” ┬áThe more universal, “Jeans” co-opted that word in modern conversation.
- “Pack a valise.” Archaic term for a suitcase or carry-on
- “A carbon copy.” Good luck explaining this one to a 20-something.
- “Their kid looks like the milkman.” When was the last time you saw one?
- “Church Key” A can or bottle opener. Some craft beers are now bringing this back into vogue.
- “I’m copasetic.” Definitely dated but we think a “cool” way to say you’re all right.

Do you have any others you’d like to share? Write us at info@suddenlysolo.org !

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