Back in the days, people had some really nifty ways of saying things. Of course, we have our own way now, but just because something is new doesn’t mean it’s best. Or vice versa. But one thing that is for sure, is that the language and way of speaking have evolved quite a bit. Many phrases don’t mean what they used to, new words are constantly being added to the dictionary, and what not! We have invented new phrases that let us say things in a rather indirect manner. But even people back in the days played it cool. So these words and phrases, down here, are a nostalgic tour of how the English language has evolved, for good.
1. Old Hat
It used to mean something that is past its prime. Now it just means a hat. A hat that is quite, old.
2. Big Cheese
Unless you are a boss, this phrase was not for you.
3. Cat’s Pajamas
Someone who’s best at what they do. Next time you see a friend who’s good at his work, yell it. Loudly.
As an adjective, it means something that is attractive, whereas as a noun it means a man who pays too much attention to his appearance.
Stop right there. Just because you see those four letters at the end doesn’t mean it has something to do with it. Nincompoop is a selfish or foolish person.
It is now replaced by the phrase “Day after tomorrow”.
8. Old Sport
Phrases like the old sport are for showing the endearment used for friends. It was meant to sound antiquated even in the 1920s.
9. That’s The Ticket
In the old days when people see something is right, they used these three words.
If anyone tells you to scram, it’s probably that they want you out of their sight. Or to “get out”, to be precise.
This is a polished version of “fellows” which is still used in many parts of the world.
12. Put A Sock In It
Sometimes the phrases are too long to use. This, for example. I mean why use this when you can simply say “Shut up”? Though it sounds quite interesting.