John on October 29th, 2019

I had fun thinking about these fun words—hope you will too.  

Ahhhhh SO GOOD!!!  I remember seeing or hearing

almost every one of these!

Thanks to the Greatest Generation.


Murgatroyd!   Do you remember that word?   Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?   Heavens to Murgatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy;   and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?”   He had never heard of the word jalopy!   She knew she was old … But not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.   These phrases included:   Don’t touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days, we had a lot of moxie.   We’d put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!   Gee whillikers!   Jumping Jehoshaphat!     Holy Moley!

We were  in like Flynn and living the life of Riley ; and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.   Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?   Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the DA.;   of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back!   Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!”    Or,   “This is a fine kettle of fish!”  We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof,   go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind.    We blink, and they’re gone.   Where have all those great phrases gone?

  Long gone:   Pshaw,   The milkman did it.   Hey!   It’s your nickel.   Don’t forget to pull the chain.    Knee-high to a grasshopper.   Well, Fiddlesticks!     Going like sixty.   I’ll see you in the funny papers.    Don’t take any wooden nickels.   Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.    This can be disturbing stuff!   (Carter’s Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times.   For a child, each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.   We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.    It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging!

It leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…

See ya later, alligator!   Okidoki.

You’ll notice they left out   “Monkey Business”!!!

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 40 & 50’S ….  

NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN … WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS:   LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES.

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John on September 21st, 2019
If this isn’t impeachable, nothing is!

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John on November 1st, 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is pretty funny. I wonder what history will say about herZ?

 

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John on February 5th, 2017

Things I’ve learned about Trump during his first few weeks in office.

He is really dumb, really really dumb.

He is a bad dude, a really really bad dude.

He is evil.

He wants to be like Putin (or Hitler) and run the country like a dictator.

He believes that he knows everything.

He is racist.

One reason he supports Putin is because he is jealous of the power that Putin has. Another reason is that Putin is blackmailing Trump.

Republicans in the States should be ashamed of themselves. If they are afraid to speak out against such an idiot then they must be very greedy and or  just as dumb. Hitler’s enemies waited too long!!

Hope they all get voted out when Trump is impeached!!

The President is not above the law, but Trump thinks he is.

Every intelligent American should stop work tomorrow and stay off work until Trump is impeached. Don’t wait until he uses the military to control the nation.

Think this last idea is farfetched?? Not as far fetched as Americans voting for this evil man.

 

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John on November 30th, 2016

After all, laughter is the best medicine.

“My wife said that her wildest sexual fantasy would be if I got my own apartment. -Rodney Dangerfield

Some people, Like Rodney Dangerfield, are just naturally funny.

Some people, Like Donald Trump, are funny…

 

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Trump is a funny guy.

The rest of us have to prepare in order to tell a good joke.

But the most important advice I can give about How to tell a good joke is, start with a good joke.

Then, choose the right target. The joke needs to be suited to your audience.

It helps if the joke has a little truth in it.

Tell a joke about recent events.

Exaggerate, just a little.

Create anticipation ~~~ “Take my wife – please!” -Henny Youngman

 

Make the joke your own. Make it about something in your personal life.

 

And practise, practise, practise!

 

“Ah, Signor Halt,’ he said uncertainly, ‘you are making a joke, yes?’
‘He is making a joke, no,’ Will said. ‘But he likes to think he is making a joke, yes.”
― John Flanagan, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

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John on September 19th, 2016

Jane Goodall Says Donald Trump Reminds Her Of How Chimpanzees Act To Get Attention

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In Trump, Goodall sees a male chimpanzee trying to gain dominance by making as much noise as possible.

In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Goodall said. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”

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