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Does anyone have any old fashioned phrases they could share. A phrase that is out of the current use? That could date a person?

Like for example: Swell, dandy, gay, diddley, right on, etc.

I have a character in my contemporary YA who talks this way.

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#1 - May 01, 2013, 05:06 AM
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Are you looking for a certain time period?  the 60's ---groovy, gross, give me five.
You're the bees knees (20's)
Your're the berries (20's)
Gag me with a spoon (80's)
Freak out (70's)
 
Others: 'Cut my legs off and call me shorty!' (slightly offensive)
Would you like fries with that?
Fiddlesticks!
Up, up, and away!

Okay, I'm stopping!
#2 - May 01, 2013, 05:25 AM

Grest ideas, scribblegirl. Thank you! Love them all!
#3 - May 01, 2013, 06:30 AM
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Not sure what era you most want. Scribblegirl already had "gag me with a spoon," but here's some others from about the same era:

"like, totally"
"Dude"
"Awesome"
"Rad"
"Bodacious"
"Sweet"

or if you want older,
"For Pete's sake"
"Well, knock me down with a feather"
"Busy as a bee"
"Good Golly"
"Jeepers" or "Jeepers Creepers"
"Heavens to Betsy"
"That's the bomb"
"Flip your lid"
"What a drag"
"What a square"
"Goodness gracious"
"Dearie me"
"Now that's a cherry on top..."
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
"Don't cry over spilt milk"
"Uphill both ways"
"Children should be seen and not heard"
"Idle hands are the devil's playthings"
"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.."
#4 - May 01, 2013, 07:13 AM
« Last Edit: May 01, 2013, 09:36 AM by J.Swan »
Seek ye out of the best books...
http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com

"Giving somebody the business."

calling someone a "goober"

"the cat's pajamas"
#5 - May 01, 2013, 07:35 AM
SWAY, 2012 from Disney-Hyperion
CIRCA NOW, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
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"Dig it" and all other "dig" variations, "Far out", saying you're "keen" on something... I'll probably think of more later.

#6 - May 01, 2013, 08:12 AM
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Fuddy duddy, city slicker, eager beaver, nifty, burn rubber, and crazy, man are a few more.  :writing3
#7 - May 01, 2013, 08:18 AM
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
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keen
cool jets
cool beans
from 1900s and earlier -  go shanks mare (meaning to walk somewhere - my family used this term when I was young)
oopsy daisy
gee whiz
golly gee
good golly Miss Molly
holy cow
get out (get out of here) - a response to something good


I can probably think of more later...
#8 - May 01, 2013, 08:49 AM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Thank you everyone. These are great!

I'm glad I asked. Some of these I would neer have thought of on my own!
#9 - May 01, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Should I be disturbed that I say, like, seven of these? ;)
#10 - May 01, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Should I be disturbed that I say, like, seven of these? ;)

Nope! Be proud!

#11 - May 01, 2013, 02:15 PM
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Holy Cow, Dude! I've put some of these in my stories. Should I take them out?

Does anyone have a link to current slang?
#12 - May 01, 2013, 04:14 PM
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OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN
THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE
THE BALLAD OF BOOSTER BOGG
BEASTLY BABIES
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Cool beans. But then again, I write picture books. So ??
#14 - May 01, 2013, 05:51 PM
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PICKY EATERS
OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN
THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE
THE BALLAD OF BOOSTER BOGG
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I say holy cow all the time!
Someone mentioned 'keen' - this is really current here in Australia. It surprised me when it started popping up as it feels old-fashioned to me, too. But my teenage nephews are forever saying things like, "So keen for camp!" and "Totally keen for the new Wimpy Kid" etc. It doesn't seem to be ironic - just a word that's come back around in a slightly different form.
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Cool Beans!

I forgot

dagnabbit
#16 - May 01, 2013, 07:57 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Fiddlesticks!
#17 - May 02, 2013, 05:41 PM
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NO MORE MR. DAWDLE (Caramel Tree, April 2015)
UNGLUED (Caramel Tree, June 2015)

"Say, that's slick!"
fella'
My ol' man/my ol' lady
Calling people "slim" or "curly"
the bee's knees
#18 - May 02, 2013, 06:08 PM

Should I be disturbed that I say, like, seven of these? ;)

Jackie, I'm right there with you!  I am proud to be "old fashioned" ;)
#19 - May 02, 2013, 06:52 PM
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Should I be disturbed that I say, like, seven of these? ;)

Why do you think I know so many???
#20 - May 02, 2013, 07:08 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you live near a library with a big reference section, check out the Historical Dictionary of American Slang. It's awesome.
#21 - May 02, 2013, 08:22 PM
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I recall from being in junior high and high school during the 60s the terms "waste" and "waste out," or "you got wasted," meaning that the person (being wasted) was caught in a very embarrassing situation.
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Don't have a cow! (from the 70s)
Chill out.  (80s I think)
Groovy.
Daddy-O  (from the beatnik era)
Time's a wastin'
He's a Jim-dandy!  (a compliment)
Everything's just hunky-dory. (Usually used sarcastically)
#23 - May 02, 2013, 10:44 PM
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