You Know You're Over 40 If You Use These Words
Nobody is going to join you back at the "crib" if you say that word.
No matter how good you look and feel, once you've joined the 40-and-over club, every so often you probably give away subtle hints that you haven't outsmarted the aging process entirely. It could be forgetting names, the sudden need to groan every time you get off the couch, or something as simple as the language you use. Yes, words can date you. And if you want to know what phrases you're uttering that give you away, check out these words only people over 40 use.
Anyone who still describes going online as "surfing the web" probably also has a few of those AOL CDs in storage. You know, just in case.
If you're talking about the "scotch" variety, then sure. But if you're using tape as a verb—like "don't forget to tape Dancing With the Stars," for example—then you're sending a clear signal that your brain is still stuck in the land of VHSes and cassettes.
It's been years since it was acceptable to refer to the women who assist us on commercial flights as "stewardesses." Next time you fly the friendly skies, use the proper terminology: "flight attendants."
Ah, the good old days when we had to bring film to a physical location—called the fotomat—to be developed and then wait days or even weeks to see any of the photos that strip contained. Not only will Gen Zers not recognize what you mean by "fotomat," they might even think you're making the whole thing up!
Back when the first wireless remotes became commercially available in the 1960s, they did make a distinctive clicking sound whenever one of the buttons was pushed. But technology has come a long way since then, and describing any remote control as a "clicker" just dates you.
You don't "dial" somebody's phone number anymore. You simply type it in. Kids today will never know your plight of dialing a rotary phone—particularly the number 9—let alone the game of untangling that spiral cord.
Encyclopedias used to be the go-to resource for all sorts of useful knowledge and for every paper we wrote in school. Today, there's Google, Wikipedia, and other outlets for finding answers to our most burning questions. No need to worry about finding Volume 6 of your Britannica!
There's props and then there's mad props and then there's the blank stares of 20-year-olds who have no idea why you're trying to fist bump them.
Using "grody" to describe something that's gross would've made you sound hip in the '80s. But saying it today only makes others cringe.
If you mean an infant bed with latticed sides, that's fine. But if you use this word to refer to where you live, nobody is going to want to join you back at the "crib."
While many of us are nostalgic for those bygone years of mixtapes—including Netflix's 13 Reasons Why—time marches on. You'd be hard-pressed to find a place to play that mixtape you made for Tiffany in 10th grade anyway.
Arguments persist on whether this victory cheer should be attributed to the 1992 Kriss Kross song "Jump" or the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Either way, if you're saying it in 2019, your age is showing.
Going "postal" used to be shorthand for inexplicably flying into a fit of rage. These days, if you tell someone you're going postal, they'll assume you're threatening to use snail mail rather than email. The horror!
Why did we even start saying this? Was it just because chill rhymes with pill? Whatever the reason, that time has passed.
That thing you type on at your office may be reminiscent of the typewriters we used to craft letters and research papers on, but today, it's a keyboard. Technology has been upgraded and your vocabulary deserves the same courtesy.
In general, comparing something to explosives, even if you mean it as a compliment, is bad taste. You might want to find a new word to use instead.
Referring to alcohol as "hooch"—a language relic from the days of bootlegging and prohibition—not only makes you sound old, it makes you sound like somebody who makes their own booze in a bathtub. And you're much more dignified than that.
It's a brand name that soon became a verb for any DVR recording. But, unlike Kleenex being used interchangeably with tissues, this one did not withstand the test of time.
If you're still using "fly" as an adjective for something cool or sexy, and you've noticed that every time you say it, people glance down at the zipper on your pants and say, "No, you're good," that's because fly hasn't been an adjective for cool or sexy since Jennifer Lopez was dancing on In Living Color.
Are there still young urban professionals? Of course. There are still hippies and preppies, too. But these cultural acronyms have long since been out of circulation.
Even if you're using the word ironically, as an imitation of a '60s Deadhead expressing approval, it's not going to translate the way you hoped.
Warning: If you want to tell someone they're looking good and you choose "spiffy" as your compliment du jour, they might think you drive a Model T and wear top hats to formal affairs.
If you're from the Boston area or are referring to a certain Broadway musical about the origin of the Wizard of Oz witches, you might be able to get away with this word. But even in both of those cases, you're putting a timestamp on yourself.
Has this word ever been used other than to complain about young people? That's its main purpose, right? "What kind of shenanigans are you youngsters up to?"
Even if you specify that you mean "phat with a P-H," you're still asking for trouble. The majority of young people are going to have no idea that your creative misspelling isn't meant as fat shaming. And for more words you need to stop saying, check out the 30 Words Everyone Needs to Stop Saying in 2019.
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