Things we don’t say anymore

Trip down memory lane: Things we don’t say anymore
{you can thank technology for the most part…}

The past year or two we’ve really begun opening our eyes more so than ever. We’ve simplified life a lot, removed a whole lot of (mostly mental) clutter, and even started getting involved with some things from the “wayback machine,” such as film photography. Some might say we’re “hanging on to the past.” But we feel it’s absolutely necessary – and quite healthy in fact.

During our (r)evolution, “phrases from the past” kept creeping up in conversation. Enough so that we collected some sayings that were commonplace not too long ago – but you’ll never hear today.

Below are some of the things no one says anymore, along with the “good and the bad” associated with why that is. Sadly, most of these phrases are entirely due to technology “advancements.”

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The “phone” is an entirely different animal in 2015

The telephone. Remember when people just had landlines? Look at these things no one says anymore:

“I’m waiting for a call, get off the phone!” Families with one line (and before call waiting) actually FOUGHT over the use of the phone. Back then, only privileged families had multiple lines in the house. Today? Everyone has their own phone number and almost 24/7 accessibility.
The good: Limited phone use allowed more time for more productive things.
The bad: Frustration often led to fights.

“Can I use your phone? It’s a local call.” Since no one had mobile phones, it was common for people to “share” their phones. People took this stuff seriously, because of costly long-distance fees (a racket that went on for way too long). But they had to pledge it would be a free call within a calling area otherwise people would be upset. Today people treat their exorbitant phone bills without second thought. “It’s a necessity!”
The good: People were careful with their phone bills. They paid attention to details.
The bad: Being victim to phone company monopolies.

“I’m going to call your manager (or boss).” Back in the day, the phone was a powerful tool to resolve problems. Say you had a circumstance at a store where you received poor service, etc. Not too long ago, a phone call to a supervisor was the way to handle the situation. Today? You write bad reviews without ever having to speak to anyone or reveal your identity.
The good: It was a direct way to confront your problems at the source.
The bad (today): Millions of entitled assholes complain about every last thing and millions of other assholes take their complaints seriously. {epidemic}

“Operators are standing by.” This was a bullshit phrase used on late-night infomercials. As if they’re specifically standing by to wait for YOUR call at that exact minute. No one knew anything about call-centers, so the marketing magic wand was waving at light speed. Today? It’s rare you speak to anyone to order anything – since most is done online.
The good: Ordering things on the phone took more effort and dedication, often preventing stupid drunken purchases unless you REALLY wanted it.
The bad (today): The ease of ordering things today has created the worst consumer culture ever.

“I have to get home to check the messages!” There was a time that when you and your family “went out,” you were 100% unplugged from the rest of the world. Just you and your folks doing whatever (eating, shopping, etc.) But as kids, you might have had other things on your mind (like that new crush of yours). And before “remote access” to those answering machines, you’d have to wait until you got home to see if anyone called. For some, it was utter torture.
The good: The waiting and anticipation added tremendous character.
The bad (today): There is no more waiting, anticipation or character left anywhere.

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On demand everything in 2015

Technology has enabled the “instant.” Even cooking has changed with the microwave (“hot pocket” anyone?) What are some things that used to be said due to the lack of “instant?”

“I’ll ask him the next time I see him.” There was a time that you kept conversations “open.” Where memory was strong, and if you had dealings with various people in your life (say at a shop or a casual acquaintance), you’d have something you felt important to ask or share with someone – but it had to WAIT until you saw them again. Those conversations would often be drawn out (without impatience) over days, weeks or months.
The good: The low-key nature of those conversations didn’t have a false sense of urgency to them. They “could wait.”
The bad (today): If you don’t get an immediate answer to anything, you melt down.

“Mom, hurry home! I’m going to miss my show!” Wow, this was something. When TV shows (and before “VCR’s”) only played at a designated time, on a certain day – your world would be turned upside down if you “missed” your show. My, how times have changed. You can get almost anything exactly on your schedule.
The good: It limited how much you watched. But do you remember “must see TV” on Thursday nights? That was the beginning of the end.
The bad (today): With 1000+ channels, on-demand, DVR – more people are consuming more TV entertainment than at any other point in history.

“Can you tell me where XYZ is?” Yep. Asking for directions. It was good for everyone. The requester and the deliverer. Some folks were good at giving directions, because they had a visual memory, environmental awareness, and more. It also challenged the “lost” driver to remember the directions given. A win-win for everyone. Today? GPS removed your need to use one brain cell other than launching an app.
The good: Kept people sharp. Encouraged paper map skills.
The bad (today): Take the GPS away and find yourself among a sea of lost souls.

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Other things you’ll NEVER hear today

Here’s a few others we’ll chime in on. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

  • “Unleaded or leaded gas?” Leaded gas was banned in the U.S. about 20 years ago.
  • “Hey, let’s go to the video store!” Today, they say “RedBox!”
  • “Cool, I have some quarters. Let’s go to the arcade!” Playing Missile Command on a cigarette burnt arcade machine brings back memories.
  • “Can you tell me where the nearest payphone is?” No one even cared if they were filthy.
  • “Pick up a six and come over!” Today binge drinking is the new normal, and usually merits a case – plus full bottles of hard-liquor.
  • “I got stuck at the tolls” Yeah, toll plazas used to be horrific. Today both EZ-PASS and less people traveling due to the faltering economy makes highway travel almost incident-free. Even on shore weekends.

Remembering the things we don’t say anymore is a fascinating mental trip. Many of us can recall those days – and offer real life opinions on what they meant. But others have not a single clue of what they meant – and how they relate to things today. Sure, you can “Google” anything – but that will never EVER replace experience and memories of days past.

Things we don't say anymore in 2015

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