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Words and phrases which have fallen into disuse?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BertieBassett2, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I'm off again about vocabulary. As language continues to evolve, let us consider words and expressions that have fallen by the wayside. I'll start with:
    • rissoles (remember them?)
    • Cheerio (do you know any one who wishes you farewell using that word?)
    • Whitsun (could be controversial)
    Over to you....
     
  2. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    Fortnight
    Factory fortnight
    Darby and John
    Belisha beacon
    The time is five and twenty to three
    Motor car
    Airliner
    Taxi
    Spectacles
    Rock salmon
    Chimneybreast
    Lavatory
     
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  3. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I agree with all of your suggestions, apart from taxi!
     
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  4. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    It's a cab or uber now.
    I haven't heard anyone say " let's get/call a taxi" for a long time
     
  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Perhaps they are out of favour in your native country. And it's Derby and JOAN. All of them are still in use in Great Britain.
     
  6. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Telephone
     
  7. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    They do around here and you can also get Rock Salmon in the chippies around here too.
     
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  8. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    "I'm sorry. It was our fault." (corporate)
     
  9. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I use lots of those words.
     
  10. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Me too.
     
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  11. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Hear it regularly!
     
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  12. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    This is interesting - I should have added a regional disclaimer, maybe?!
     
  13. helenemdee

    helenemdee Occasional commenter

    Fortnight and taxi are most definitely in my vocabulary - "cab" is too Americanised for my liking.

    My mum always refers to the May half term as Whitsuntide, although I haven't heard anyone else refer to it that way for a long long time. Is Whitsun short for Whitsuntide or Whit Sunday? And where did the name even come from??
     
  14. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Actually it isn't. There are massive regional variations in speech, words, and use of language in the UK. Having lived in many parts of it I have noticed many of the differences. And it changes constantly. There were words in use when I lived in Scotland thirty years ago that I had never heard before, but they are in common use elsewhere now. Some words which are part of normal parlance in some areas get starred out on here, yet you cannot help but hear them. Television is not properly representative of language either, but at least we have moved away from presenters in morning suits using RP. I can understand the use of "cab" as it comes from the hansom cab which predated the taxi, but it is still never heard where I live. The word is taxi (from taxicab).
     
  15. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    We don't have ubers where I live. It's always a taxi.
     
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  16. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    'White Sunday', another name for Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter.
     
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  17. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    This word is used a lot, usually in relation to removing the chimney breast especially on tv programmes like Homes Under the Hammer. What else would you call it?
     
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  18. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    When I worked in London just over 30 years ago the later May Bank holiday was called Whitsun and that half term was named after it. When I moved to Derbyshire it was known as Springbank and still is. Things may have changed further south but I wouldn't know.
     
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  19. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Fortnight is still in regular use but Factory Fortnight would have been Wakes Weeks here. I think it's only Leicestershire that has different school summer holidays to accommodate the old factory shut downs.
     
  20. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Strumpet
    Iron horse
    Rapscallion
    Horseless carriage
    Fishwife
     
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