50 Things We No Longer Say Do or See
What it was like way back when.
We are all aware of the fact that our language constantly changes, with words and nuances disappearing, then sometimes reappearing again. Its something that I have particularly noticed in London.
There are so many amazing cultures mixing with each other that the English language is bound to evolve, change, and flow. Within a space of maybe two decades we seem to have lost the old fashioned Cockney and produced this type of accent. A cross between English, Asian and West Indian. It has its own distinct flavor. (see video below)
But thinking about this, I suddenly realized that even though we have gained so much, we have also lost so much more.
So many things have disappeared that we always took for granted. So here's just a few that may make you say, 'Oh yeah! I didn't realize that had gone!'
The new South London accent - Oh dear! go to 1.43
People, were they friendlier back then?
- Winking. When was the last time someone winked at you? Either an older person, or even your partner?
- Opening doors for people.
- Not getting up to let someone sit down.
- Helping people cross the street or climb public stairs.
- Conkers. Kids do not play conkers anymore. Do they know what they are missing out on?
- Grass darts! I have never seen a child play with grass darts these days! Throwing them at each other like arrows! Fun times!
- Marbles. Crashing them together was great! Especially if you managed to smash their marble!
- Hopscotch. I vaguely remember that back in the day.
- Clapping hand games such as 'My mother told me,' etc.
- Jumping ropes, or skipping ropes, tied round the ankles and trying to jump as quick as you can.
- Tiddly Winks!
- Forget political correctness for a moment! Workmen whistling or saying hi to women who walk past. I loved it, so there! And now being older and totally ignored, I can appreciate how it made me feel attractive. Obviously not the obnoxious remarks etc.
- Women wearing skirts/dresses! How often do you see that these days? Trousers, pants call them what you will, we have lost our style.
- Acting like adults. Now this may sound strange, but we are so scared of political correctness that we jump on the 'band wagon' at the slightest opportunity. Sue for this, go and complain about that. We were adults, laughed took it as fun and so on. No more.
- This is going to sound even weirder, but bare with me. Over here in England we didn't even know the word racist in the 70's. We all got along fine. Not these days!
- And in the same vein, Manners! These days people feel that its their right to give an opinion, whether polite or not! Back in the day they kept their mouths firmly closed. Online especially we see so much rudeness and bad manners. Trolls were something we read about in our Fantasy fiction!
- Marriage! In the UK there are so many girls without a husband or partner, bringing up two or more kids. And of course the girls get blamed for being on the dole/welfare, but nobody mentions the missing boyfriend!
- Smacking children. Even at school! What? Terrible. Sort of. Most of the time, lol!
- Kids being allowed out without the fear of attack or kidnap.
Ah, those good old days!
- Milkman. My mum always had a milkman deliver goods every single day. Gone now, sadly.
- Old fashioned Dustmen carrying the bins on their shoulders and stopping for a chat.
- Chimney sweeps!
- Green shield stamps. (save up and get goods)
- The football pools! Bit like the lottery. My mother always did the Pools every Saturday. Only time she won was the week she forgot to go and pay! Argghh! She still had the ticket indoors!
- Darning/sewing. These days its throw the thing out the second it gets a hole!
- Dealing with your own car troubles! Car broke down? get your wife's tights and put them round the.....! Not anymore. The engine is sealed! Drives my brother nuts!
- Our old steam train the Marlow Donkey! That was special! I loved riding in that, what with the swirling smoke and the toot toot!
- Cheap days out! I know its relative to today's payment compared to way back then, but things were cheaper. A day at the zoo did not cost an arm and a leg!
- An open fire! Oh how lovely! these days its central heating, or electric 'on the wall' heating.
- Doctors who took notice of you, and knew your name!
- Doctors who would come out in the middle of the night, or just pop in, in the day to see if you were 'okay'!
- Gobstoppers! (sweets)
- Getting your wages in a pay packet at the end of the week! Awesome!
- Pubs. These days all our pubs or public houses are being turned into wine bars or restaurants! How many eateries do we need in a small town? There are at least 20 or more in our tiny village! Bring back our pubs!
- No mobile phones! Fed up to the back teeth seeing people peering at themselves or something 'important' on their mobile/cell phone and bumping into you because they can't put the darn thing down!
- Platform shoes and Flares!
- Newspapers delivered. And then pay on a Saturday! Awesome!
- Coal delivery men!
- Pawn shops. Not round here. Not sure about where you are?
The importance of little things.
- Decent music! From the 60's onward, the music has been great! Rock and Roll, Madonna, Jazz, Funk, Punk, Top of the Pops etc. Even today there are a few great singers, such as Ed Sheeran. But oh that awful row of R. and B. or Rap! I actually want to throw the CD or Radio out the window when I have to listen to that row! Bah Humbug!
- TV programs! We had lost in space, Time Tunnel, Star Trek...yes we still have that thank goodness! And lots more. These days its Adverts, rubbish, then Adverts again! 100 stations and nothing on them! Bah!
- Little shops. Such as the Butchers, Fishmongers, Woolworth's and Robinson's. There are far too many big supermarkets. Long gone our our little home grown shops.
- Cartoons at the Cinema followed by 'half time' ice creams and choc ices served by the lady with a tray carrying all the goodies! Then the main feature. Ah bliss!
- Home cooked meals everyday. I know I am to blame too! But with the invention of the Microwave, first made in the 40's, partly developed by the UK with its 'Cavity Magnetron' and the American, Percy Spencer, it infiltrated homes over the next 20 years or so. Until the 90's when every household had one. Unless you live in a tent! (of course you could wire one up in a tent.....!)
- One thing I won't miss is 'Corporal Punishment' at school! A slipper round the backside, a ruler on the hand and Ow! and double Ow! Mind you, some people would like to see its return, what with the bad manners of the young these days. But not me....oh no, not me! Um.
- Old fashioned prams. This one is a friends request. She said, and I quote: ' I hate those horrible three wheeled buggies that for some reason the mother or father who is doing the pushing, seems to think they need to trot like a demented cantering horse just because they are called 'Joggers buggies!' straight over my foot.......! So, yep, there you go Sara, well you did say to mention it!
- Classic Cars! Oh how lovely were they? Not like the 'Ironing Board' shape, usually grey that you get these days! Bring back the old Capri, turn on the Chevy and lets listen to Rock and Roll!
- Lack of Knowledge of the outside world. Sounds stupid? Bare with me! I remember growing up knowing what was going on around me, in my town and in my country. The news was very scant on the rest of the world purely because the Camera's, etc, were not that good back then to send live pictures and film. We of course knew what was happening, but it was a long way away. With the Internet etc, the whole darn world is at your doorstep. Some of its great! The rest? Well you can keep it!
- And last but not least? My mum's Stew! She passed away 20 years ago, but I can still see it, taste it and smell it. Thanks mum. You were an awesome cook.
Did I mention I loved Trolls?!
I know I said 50, but I can't go without mentioning the toys! These days its so darn boring! Computer, iPad, Kindle etc etc.
Back in our younger days we were surrounded by color. Cindy, Barbie, Trolls...oh how I loved my Trolls! (see above). I still have a few around the house!
And then there was Etch a Sketch which we thought was so modern and cool! Footballs, skipping ropes, Meccano sets, Racing cars and track, through the living room into the kitchen then back!
Dad on his hands and knees playing with the formula one car, and us yelling 'dad come on let me have a go, dad!'
Mum laughing as she tried to set up the table tennis and then started hitting the balls against the wall. Dog barking, kids screaming and the smell of cooking from the kitchen.
Color, laughter, fun.
My answer? Put away those iPads etc and enjoy the real world.
Way back when? Or now?
What was your favorite decade? And why?
© 2017 Nell Rose