Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ModLife: Top 10 Popular Expressions Terms of the Past

Top 10 Popular Expressions Terms of the Past: "
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If you’re a real hepcat, you know all the latest lingo. But what if you were to time machine-it back to another point in history? How would you be able to say things with savvy? You’d need a list like today’s Top 10 on hand!

10. Groovy [adj.] Cool, wonderful. (c. 1960s – 1970s)

“I got a new lava lamp for my pad. It’s really groovy.”

9. “You snooze, you lose.” Idiom meaning “if you wait too long, someone else will beat you to it.” (c. 1990s.)

“Oh, you wanted the last cookie? Too bad! You snooze, you loose!”

8. Antsville. [n.] A densely populated place. (c. 1950s)

“Antsville is getting to me. Let’s take my wheels for a spin in the country.”

7. “Zoinks!” [interj.] Used to express fright. (c. 1970s)

“Did you see that ghost, Scooby? Zoinks!”

6. Big cheese. [n.] Big shot, boss. (c. 1920s)

“Listen to his ‘refined’ talk about Roquefort and Beemster Graskaas. Who does he think he is, the big cheese?”

5. “You slay me!” An expression meaning, “You crack me up!” (c. 1920s)

“Did you really just dance the funky chicken on national news? You slay me!”

4. “Eat my shorts.” A general comeback. (c. 1980s)

“What’s that? You say you make a better mac ‘n’ cheese? Eat my shorts!”

3. On the stick. [adj.] Intelligent, prepared. (c. 1950s)

“Thank goodness you brought an umbrella! You’re really on the stick.

2. “Can you dig it?” A saying for “Do you understand?” (c. 1960s)

“It’s useless trying to plant this tree without a shovel. Can you dig it?”

1. “…NOT!” [interj.] Used at the end of a sentence to indicate falsity. (c. 1990s)

“I have a pet dinosaur named Zelda… NOT!”

Which old (or new) expressions make you laugh?


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