11 old-fashioned sayings to bring back

Slang comes and goes with each generation, but some expressions are just too good to lose. Here are a few from generations past that should make a comeback.

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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

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