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