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.
10. Whizbang: 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 people to start using again?