One day people will be gathering in family groups and the old guard will be people who were all born after 1980. When that happens, I hope to high heaven that the younger people there don’t have to cringe and/or roll their eyes when outdated words and phrases inevitably spill out.
For now, though, we’re still cringing, hard – especially at words like these 16, which honestly just get harder and harder to hear.
16. Ew, Dad.
My dad used to say “That’ll put lead in your pencil”.
My Gramps always says that he doesn’t understand why people go to strip clubs because, “you get all that lead in your pencil with nobody to write to.”
15. I am guilty of saying this as well.
When I was a kid and we had a slow start to our day my mother would say “we’re off like a herd of turtles” still makes me smile.
Sometimes she would flip flop the H and the T sand say “a Terd of Hurtles”
14. Like nails on a chalkboard.
My mom is 71, she says things are cool. But she pronounces it like kewel, or kyoul.
13. That’s…never mind. You do you, Nana.
My nana says “That really turns me on” about ANYTHING. Good ice cream, a movie, music, doesn’t matter.
12. That needs to stop.
My dad texts “Okies” instead of OK because my sister would text that to him like a decade ago. So every time he responds affirmatively, it always hits me sideways because it’s a very 16-year-old-girl thing to say coming from an old man.
11. Awkward moments.
My mom uses “hooking up” to mean meeting up/getting together.
I used it like that too into my teens, when I realized most of my peers were using “hooking up” to mean something verrrrry different.
10. Anything is possible.
I hate when old people ask “can you whack this off for me”
For $20 anything is possible tho.
9. Southerners do love their biscuits.
There was an older gentleman, about 70, that I used to work with that looked at me and said “His butter done slid off his biscuit” referring to another coworker acting crazy.
I’m in southern Kentucky.
8. You’re supposed to hate it, but…
50/50 chance my mom is gonna say “and we’re off like a dirty shirt” when leaving an establishment.
I kinda like it though
7. So many different words for drunk.
When talking about drinking, my dad says “I got plowed the other night” rather than “I got drunk the other night” …
Similarly, I always heard of someone “being loaded” as someone being rich. But apparently my parents grew up with “loaded” meaning drunk.
6. Bless her heart.
My grandma would say “bull feathers” instead of bullshit.
5. This one is a favorite.
My mom was not a fan of colorful language, I can’t recall ever hearing an f-bomb escape her lips. But if she was mad at someone, she would say “They can just go piss up a rope!”
I still don’t know WTF she meant.
4. My grandmother did this.
“Davenport” to mean couch. Apparently, it was a name-brand couch back in the day.
When we were kids my sister asked my dad what his favorite band was. He said “Davey davenport and the armchairs” he laughed at our blank stares. mom had to explain his “dad joke”, that’s how I learned what a davenport was.
3. Regional dialects.
When my grandpa had to take a piss, he would say ” I gotta go see a man about a horse”
I’ve heard “I’m going to see a man about a dog” to mean going to the pub in the uk. Or it can also be used to mean ‘none of your business’ ie “where are you going to?” “I’m off to see a man about a dog”
In Appalachia going to see a man about a dog means you’re gonna go take a dump.
2. This is kind of cute.
My mother used to say “he’s got his wobbly boots on” whenever she saw someone drunk.
1. Neither are great.
Speaking of piss related sayings.
My Gma is 84 and every time…
Me: “Because Im PISSED OFF”
Gma: “Well, its better to be PISSED OFF than PISSED ON ”
Thanks. Not helpful Geems.
Y’all, I am exhausted just thinking about having to hear things things for years to come.
Do you have a phrase you can’t stand that belongs on this list? Drop it on us in the comments!