My grandma uses wonderful phrases and expressions.
Like most grandmas, she entertains us grandchildren not only with memories and funny stories about our parents, but also with her delightful vocabulary.
A few Christmases ago, Grandma said one of her gifts was so great it was "the cat's pajamas."
She refers to my friends as the people I "chum" with, and when I tell her a story and she can't believe the ending, she'll say, "Well, I'll be."
Vocabulary and slang change from generation to generation, and I know my future grandchildren will think the things I say are funny, too. But some sayings
from generations past are too good to go away, and they deserve a second wind.
Here are some phrases—including a few from Grandma—that I think society should bring back:
1. To cut a rug:
to dance well
Ex: Uncle Frank cut a rug at the wedding last night.
2. Heavens to Betsy:
an exclamation of shock or surprise
Ex: The high today is 100 degrees. Heavens to Betsy, that's hot!
3. Oh, my stars:
synonym for "oh my goodness"
Ex: Oh, my stars, look at the time!
4. The bee's knees/the cat's pajamas:
the absolute best, a form of praise
Ex: Your new shoes are the bee's knees!
5. To be sweet on someone:
to have a crush on someone
Ex: Did you hear that Tommy is sweet on Kate?
6. Not my speed/not my cup of tea:
something that is not your taste
Ex: That movie was not my speed.
7. Well, I'll be:
an exclamation of shock or disbelief
Ex: You wore those high heels all night, and your feet didn't hurt? Well, I'll be.
8. Golly gee:
an exclamation of amazement
Ex: Golly gee, Jenna. Your haircut is cute.
9. Weak in the knees:
to feel an emotion so strongly you feel unstable on your feet
Ex: His smile made me go weak in the knees.
something that has a startling effect, is top-notch
Ex: He's a whizbang navigator.
11. Freshen up: to clean up
Ex: I need to freshen up before we go to dinner.
Do you use any of these sayings? What expressions would you like to people to start using again?
Kristin Piombino is an editorial assistant for Ragan.com.