PERMANENT HONOR ROLL BOARDS
Hello to all THS Alumni!
This is JoAnne Nolemi, class of '77 and current faculty at Tottenville HS.
Concerning the Permanent Honor Roll boards: as usual with news items, there is always more to the story.
Here is the full story: Monday
- The Permanent Honor Roll boards will be REPLACED. Description: 8'X10" masonite, brown, with gold lettering. As of 2010, there were approximately 48 of them. We simply ran out of room.
- We are at this very moment putting together a digital permanent honor roll hyperlink on our website.
- We are currently in the planning stage of ENGRAVING all of the names on the walls of our entrance lobby.
- The reason for taking the boards down was simply due to size and space. There are currently 5,117 names on Tottenville High School's permanent honor roll. These date from 1940 to the graduating class of 2014. The new principal, Joseph Scarmato, is committed to keeping the legacy of our student-scholars always in the sight of our current young people
- I personally typed up all of the names. (You're welcome) :-). I ensured that every name is typed correctly and that each name is sorted by graduation year.
- The original boards were photographed and video taped in addition to be digitally archived.
- Linda Cutler Hauck of the Tottenville Historical Society collected some of the earlier ones, including the first board which is dedicated to Mr. Isidore P. Harris, a wonderful teacher who died in 1940. Mr. Harris conceived the Permanent Honor Roll. He was also the football and baseball coach and instituted THS's participation in the National Honor Society. I am so glad this his wonderful legacy will be remembered here at THS as well as by the excellent Tottenville Historical Society.
Please share this with all concerned Tottenville alumni. I have your back, Joe Scarmato and the administration has your back, and the students are right there with you as well. Our school honors and cherishes the legacy of all of our students and we would not permit our vital heritage to be lost.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
Best wishes to all-
JoAnne Luthmann Nolemi '77
Heritage Club, faculty advisor
Tottenville High School
I want all my friends and family to watch this - in case I need you. I've watched
it - in case you need me. Please watch - and then share. This short video illustrates
the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do
if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could
very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with
might save your life!
- Lee Shake
Heart Attack Prevention
How many of you have seen this video? I would not be afraid to use an AED now. How
about you?This is very good; I mean GREAT info so please send on.
Please watch this video and pass it to everyone you know. I've seen the AED's in
public places, but never knew how easy it is to use one.
- Lee Shake
Do you have a painful burning sensation in the center area of your chest in the
area of your breast bone (sternum)?
This is where your esophagus food pipe is, and it may be being burned with digestive
acid that has refluxed up from your stomach.
Do you feel acid come up into your throat or wake up with a bitter taste in your
You probably have Acid Reflux and need to consult with your doctor.
Your stomach has pyramidal glands in its lining. They secrete and squirt out and
hydrochloric acid into your stomach to aid in digesting food. This acid in your
stomach is normal and necessary, but it should not regurgitate back up into your
esophagus (food pipe.)
The acid normally stays in your stomach to aid in digestion, because there is a
valve called the esophageal sphincter, at the top of the stomach leading to your
esophagus which prevents the acid from going up there and causing damage.
However, sometimes the valve is loose or gets pressure on it, and the acid reverses
and squirts up into your food pipe. This inflames the lining of your esophagus,
and over time can cause ulcers, which can bleed, and scars to form.
These scars can cause narrowing of the esophagus and cause food to get stuck when
you try to swallow.
Also, this kind of chronic acid irritation can cause the cells in the lining of
the esophagus to change and mutate. This can cause a condition called Barrett’s
esophagus where the mucosa is widely damaged, which raises the chances of cell mutation
and the development of cancer of the esophagus.
Therefore it is important to maintain the integrity of your esophagus and stomach.
Each one has to have a certain acid base pH level.
Some causes of Acid Reflux:
1- Have your Physician check to see if you have a bacteria in your stomach
called Helicobacter Pylori. If you do, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic.
2- Sometimes we are born with a loose or faulty esophageal sphincter muscle
between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach.
3- The esophageal sphincter can be stretched or relaxed, making it inefficient.
4- Having excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter at the
top of the stomach and allow the acid to reflux back up into the esophagus where
it doesn’t belong.
5- Smoking stimulates acid release.
6- Eating fatty meals.
7- Eating big meals.
8- Excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter and the acid refluxes
9- Tight belts and clothing.
10- For some people, eating within 3 hours of lying down can push acid up.
11- Bending over or doing exercises that place the head in a downward position.
12- Aggravating, or trigger foods, cause the esophageal valve to stay open, or relax,
allowing acid to reflux back up into the esophagus.
Common triggers of Acid Reflux:
(different for each person)
Know your triggers and avoid them.
a. tomato sauce
b. fatty foods
f. peppermint (relaxes the valve)
g. soda, especially colas
h. coffee, tea
i. sausage, cold cuts, butter
j. many more
All of the above can boost acid levels or keep the valve open and push acid up into
What you can do:
1- Avoid fatty foods
2- Avoid all of your trigger foods like pepperoni pizza
3- Lose weight
4- Eat smaller meals of vegetables, lean meat, fish, certain fruit
5- Avoid standing on your head or doing exercises where your head is
down, especially shortly after eating
6- Avoid abdominal crunches if they cause burning
7- Sleep with upper body slightly elevated
8- Lie on your left side when sleeping
Medications to decrease acid:
1- Antacids, over the counter, will neutralize stomach acid instantly.
If you have to take them all the time see your doctor.
2- H2 blockers over the counter, like Pepcid and Zantac, will reduce
3- Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium are very efficient
in cutting the acid for longer periods of time and can be taken ahead of time to
shut down some of the acid pumps in the lining of your stomach.
4- See your doctor if you are using the bove medications frequently.
Good health to you!
Patricia Naeder Izzo, RN, BS, Medical Advisor
Arrivals & Passings
By Pat Reischour
An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning
THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
Pompeii - Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius . . .
Animation made for the Melbourne Museum ,
which This file recreates how the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
You can witness the eruption of
a volcano of over 2000+ years ago.....
Be alert to EVERYTHING ( sights & sounds) that
is happening including:
1. The clouds gliding by,
2. The birds fleeing,
3. The dogs barking,
4. The first steaming of the volcano,
5. The earthquakes,
6. The tiles falling from the roofs because of the earthquakes,
7. The sky turning dark with volcanic debris,
8. The accumulating debris on the roofs,
9. The pyroclastic flows coming down the left side of the mountain,
11. The buildings collapsing,
12. The pyroclastic flows overcoming the city,
13. The end of the city...... :-(
And be sure to Go Full-Screen. History Buffs will be fascinated
QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME!
Sent in by Charles "Chuck" Walker THS '55
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead
of just murdered?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to
put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two
Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at
things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked
Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which
no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when
you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when
you say the paint is wet?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to
eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then
reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you
always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we
complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
And my FAVORITE......... The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons
is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if
they're okay, then it must be you.
*Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.
*You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone.?
*That's common sense leaving your body.
*I don't like making plans for the day because then
the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.
*I didn't make it to the gym again today.
That makes five years in a row.
*I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning.
*Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers,
if you find one, what's your plan.?
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.
You think English is easy??
I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT!
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture..
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are animal organs. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2014 when...
1. You accidentally
enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't
played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to
reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk
next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with
friends and family is that they
don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use
your cell phone to see if anyone is home
to help you carry in the groceries...
7. Every commercial on television has a Web
site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone,
which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30
(or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for
panic and you turn around to go and get it !
10. You get up in the morning and go on-line
before getting your coffee
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are
going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy
to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that
there wasn't a #9 on this list.
~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
NOW you're LAUGHING at yourself! Blessed are
they who can laugh at themselves,
for they shall never cease to be amused!"
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for several days after The Trumpet has been updated.
EATING IN THE FIFTIES
Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A take-away was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for
it they would have become a laughing stock.
The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties ... was elbows or hats!
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
My late younger brother, James and I attended Tottenville High School (so did my older sister Peggy and brother Michael). I have written a book that was just published and thought you may want to let other classmates know about it. It is called:
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
The life and death of Jimmy Zappalorti
Words Take Flight Books
- Robert T. Zappalorti
Congratulations to New Dorp High School and PS 48 for being named "Showcase Schools" by the DOE. With this much deserved distinction, they are considered among a handful of elite city schools that will promote strong collaborative ties and sharing of best practices among all school communities. PS 48 will showcase critical thinking practices in Social Studies, and New Dorp High School will feature their small learning academy structure.
Sent in by Arthur Mattei.
Well worth a minute of your time!
EYES ON THE ROAD
This is pretty short and if you hadn't seen it yet, it's worth a couple of minutes.
A movie theatre in Hong Kong encouraged its patrons to leave their mobile phones
switched on. And well done VW; you certainly got my attention!
Sent in by Herb Bradley, THS '59:
This is awesome! Over 170 (my guess) video clips, edited, spliced together, fast
moving, comprehensive of nature’s wonderful creatures, with music. I watched it
twice. Enjoy. One of the very best email items. Show it to youngsters.
NAT GEO WILD HD
(LIVING MUSIC ACTION) 2012 - YouTube
Pretty amazing photography.
70-years ago and today in the same photo. Really neat!!!!
How things looked in 1944 and how they look today.
Left click, hold and drag your mouse gently from right to left on the original photo and it will become the exact same location today. Repeat the motion to take it back to the original. Then scroll down to the next picture and repeat.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to
the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington, U.S. President
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and
brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings
were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and
on that capital I have made my way.
Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
wishes these friends a very
(To get on our Birthday List, please
email Ellen (Lutter)
is in these months,
click the animated
|2) Peggy Zappalorti (Marlow) THS||'56|
|2) Jan Fogt (Casper) ||'67|
|2) Kathleen Golop (Quinn) ||'67|
|3) Barbara Wagner (Abrams) ||'80|
|4) Barbara Kerekgyarto (Lindsey) ||'65|
|5) Jeanne Barcia (Rossini) ||'67|
|5) Joyce Huber (Mazurek) ||'56|
|5) Carol Jantz (Caso) ||'62|
|5) Joan Paduani (Schaf) ||'58|
|6) Fred Gottschalk||'61|
|6) Leslie Bolstein (Barto) ||'68|
|7) LaVerne Losey (Smith) ||'59|
|8) Jack Vokral||'60|
|8) Ronald Jacobs||'60|
|9) Werner Feldhaeusser||'60|
|9) Hannah Arterian||'66|
|9) Marianne Jablon||'82|
|10) Sandy Reed (Fox) ||'57|
|13) Dorina Larsen (Bauer) ||'60|
|13) Bert Springstead||'57|
|13) Richard Jonassen||'60|
|13) Rosemarie Zwingraf (Brusyo) ||'62|
|14) Steve Donahue||'65|
|15) Linda Barbes (Stein) ||'65|
|17) George Siller||'60|
|17) Art Smith||'44|
|17) Mary Forde (MaureenBrennan) Curtis||'61|
|18) Walter SullivanTHS||'59|
|19) Kathy Schwing (Grove) ||'60|
|20) Jerry Solberg||'60|
|21) Bert Wooley||'60|
|21) Lynne Hadden (Ellis) ||'57|
|21) Linda E. VanDriessche||'92|
|22) Louis R."Jay"Torchio||'68|
|23) Jane Hansen (Moran) ||'65|
|24) Tom Doty||'69|
|24) Donna Stoltzenberg (McCabe) ||'62|
|24) Sandra Schneider (Mufti) ||'63|
|25) Helen Rodenburg (Serpi) ||'60|
|25) Raymond S. Soper||'60|
|25) Ira Wiener||'68|
|26) Dagney Trevor||'57|
|26) Sharon Krause||'65|
|26) Daniel Reid||'78|
|28) Linda Hamilton (Cevasco) ||'59|
|29) Nancy Pedersen (Caggiano) ||'56|
|29) Carol Lutter (Erickson) ||'58|
|30) Joan Bendiksen (Moore) ||'60|
|30) Charles Muller||'60|
|30) Florence Spankovich||'60|
|1) Eileen Kennedy (Rost) THS||'60|
|1) Dawn Austin (Segarra) ||'58|
|1) Barbara Stinemire (McDiarmid) ||'58|
|3) Betty Cunningham (Baltrukovicz) ||'60|
|4) Jane McGrath (Schreiber) ||'60|
|4) Kathleen Swanson (Daly) ||'57|
|4) Donna Kern (Zerrusen) ||'67|
|5) Betty Wall (Stauch) ||'62|
|7) Christine Lally (Haag) ||'65|
|7) Alyce Erickson (Taylor) ||'57|
|7) Linda Brusco (Aubrey) ||'69|
|8) Ed Howland||'60|
|8) Harold W.Ryan"Bill"||'67|
|10) Bruce Moren||'84|
|10) Arthur Erickson (BrooklynTech) ||'61|
|11) Barry RogerWoodTHS||'62|
|11) Jack Kirkwood||'62|
|12) Joe Woych||'67|
|13) Bea Kitchen (Albanese) ||'61|
|14) Linda Link (Keiser) ||'60|
|14) Dave Sayers||'69|
|15) Richard McAloon||'56|
|15) Keith Becker||'69|
|16) Larry Burke (St.Peters Boys HS) ||'64|
|16) Richard Passante (NDHS) ||'86|
|16) Curtis AubreyTHS||'68|
|16) Ed Isnardi||'65|
|16) Craig Brown||'60|
|17) Johan Curtin (Costello) ||'68|
|17) Adele Haberman||'60|
|20) Patricia Reischour||'69|
|20) Priscilla Hobson (Brenner) ||'58|
|20) Diane ODonnell (Fay) ||'69|
|20) Janet Brown (Genzlinger) ||'67|
|21) Gary Ganong||'60|
|21) Miriam McCormick||'59|
|21) Lori Kretz (Zastowny) ||'67|
|23) Bruce Paugh||'60|
|23) Carol Mach (Knieriem) ||'57|
|23) Bruce Hannah||'59|
|26) Sherri Abrams (London) ||'81|
|27) Pat Monahan (Soto) ||'59|
|27) Bob Seiler||'68|
|28) David L.Boucher||'64|
|28) John Hrywniak||'55|
|30) Allen Sorensen||'65|
|30) Joseph Bodnar||'67|
|30) Dennis Halvorsen||'69|
|31) John Fiorillo||'65|
The Talking Centipede
A single guy decided life would be more fun
if he had a pet.
So he went to the pet store
and told the owner
that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion,
he finally bought a talking centipede,
which came in a little white box
to use for his house.
He took the box back home,
found a good spot for the box,
and decided he would start off
by taking his new pet
to church with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box,
"Would you like to go
to church with me today?
We will have a good time."
But there was no answer
from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit,
but he waited a few minutes
and then asked again,
"How about going
to church with me
and receive blessings?"
there was no answer
from his new friend and pet.
So he waited
a few minutes more,
thinking about the situation.
The guy decided
to invite the centipede
one last time.
This time he
put his face up against
the centipede's house and shouted,
"Hey, in there!
Would you like to go
church with me
and learn about God?"
YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ......
a little voice
came out of the box,
"I heard you the first time!
I'm putting my shoes on!"
Everybody needs a little humor now and then:
I tried to catch some Fog.
When chemists die,
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray
is now a seasoned veteran.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid.
He says he can stop any time.
How does Moses make his tea?
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went.
Then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club,
but I'd never met herbivore.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
I can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns.
It was a play on words.
They told me I had type A blood,
but it was a Type-O.
PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
Why were the Indians here first?
They had reservations.
Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory.
I hope there's no pop quiz.
Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery.
I didn't like my beard at first.
Then it grew on me.
How do you make holy water?
Boil the hell out of it!
Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection,
What does a clock do when it's hungry?
It goes back four seconds.
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.
Then it hit me!
Broken pencils are pointless.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
England has no kidney bank,
but it does have a Liverpool .
I used to be a banker,
but I lost interest.
I dropped out of communism class
because of lousy Marx.
All the toilets in New York's police stations
have been stolen.
Police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
Velcro - what a rip off!
Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.
Venison for dinner? Oh deer!
Earthquake in Washington -
obviously government's fault.
I used to think I was indecisive,
but now I'm not so sure
|BEAUTY PARLOR:|| A place where women curl up and dye. |
|CHICKENS:|| The only animal you eat before they are born and after they are dead. |
|COMMITTEE:|| A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. |
|DUST:|| Mud with the juice squeezed out. |
|EGOTIST:|| Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. |
|HANDKERCHIEF:|| Cold Storage. |
|INFLATION:|| Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. |
|MOSQUITO:|| An insect that makes you like flies better. |
|POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:|| A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority. |
|RAISIN:|| A grape with a sunburn. |
|SECRET:|| A story you tell to one person at a time. |
|SKELETON:|| A bunch of bones with the person scraped off. |
|TOOTHACHE:|| The pain that drives you to extraction. |
|TOMORROW:|| One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. |
|YAWN:|| An honest opinion openly expressed. |
|WRINKLES:|| Something other people have....similar to my character lines. |
|OLD:|| I very quietly confided to my friend that I was having an Affair.
She turned to me and asked, "Are you having it catered?" . . .
and that, my friend, is the definition of 'OLD'!!!|
Whachacallit, whatchagigger, thingamabob, hootinannee
Words........... gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really! The other day I said something to my son about driving a Jalopie and he looked at me quizzically & said, “What the heck is a Jalopie?” OMG (new phrase!) he never heard of the word jalopie!!
So we went to the computer and I pulled up a picture from the movie "The Grapes of Wrath" now that was a Jalopie!
I knew I was old.....
HOLY MACKEREL, I STILL USE MOST OF THESE!
I hope you are Hunky dory after you read this and chuckle... .
WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD
by Richard Lederer
About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of
the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included "Don’t touch that dial," "Carbon copy,"
"You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry." A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
Not for all the tea in China !
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.
Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
Like Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or “This is a fine kettle of fish!” we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.
Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinder’s monkey.
Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone?
Long time ago: Pshaw. The milkman did it. Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a bread box.
Banned in Boston . The very idea! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper.
Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus. Cooties. Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go!
Oh, my stars and garters! It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than
Carter had liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep core. But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.
We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging. We can have archaic and eat it, too.
See ‘ya later,