Last Updated on November 27, 2020
There are many clues that can help people guess your real age! These clues include your hairstyle, the way you dress, and surprisingly even the way you talk and the words you use!
So, if you want to keep your age a secret, then, you might need to stop using words like dungarees, Xerox, or pocketbook otherwise you will sound like a weirdo who comes from another planet.
This is a European word that goes back to the 1600s. It was used to refer to a tinny bag in which you can carry coins. This name was derived from the word ‘’ notebook’’ as it can be equally carried in one’s pocket.
Today, the word is out of fashion as all the young women now call their pocketbooks ‘’purses or handbags.’’
Whippersnapper is an alteration of ‘’ snippersnapper’’ that has appeared in the 1700s. This old-fashioned term was used by our ancestors to describe petulant children who are overconfident and show no respect for others, especially older people.
The tape is another old word that is no longer used as before! Say, if you come of age in the 1980s, chances are you still use this word in your everyday life, especially when it comes to recording your favorite tv show or music. Thanks to digital media, this word is no longer useful as there is obviously nothing that can be recorded on magnetic tape!
Xerox is an old word that most young people if not all of them ignore! In fact, due to the success that Xerox company knew when launching its first available copy machine in the 1960s, people at that time started interchanging the word Xerox with the word copy.
However, things have changed today and many new printing companies have emerged. So, next time, you want to ask your young co-worker to ‘’Xerox’’ a document, you’d better use the word copy. otherwise, you might be met with a blank stare!
The need for floppy disks faded away as computers stopped manufacturing computers with built-in floppy disc drivers. Now, computers do not need those square floppy disks to store files.
So, next time you are asking your colleague to save something for you on the computer, make sure you don’t use the word disk as you will definitely sound like a weirdo!
The stewardess was used in the past to refer to the woman that attends to her passengers, say a flight attendant.
But along the years, this word took on a negative connotation as it was believed to put more emphasis on the way the woman looked instead of what she does. Luckily this term is no longer used and women who do this kind of job is called a ‘’flight attendant’’.
Words like grody were used to describe a person who is inferior in character or a thing inferior in quality. It is, in fact, a synonym for the word ‘’gross’’ or ‘’revolting’’. So, yes next time you want to comment on something, make sure you are using understandable words!
In the past when people had to survive without refrigerators, they used to preserve the quality of their foods by placing them in iceboxes. The latter iceboxes were kind of metal or wood boxes that used to hold large blocks of ice.
However, once refrigerators come to existence and become more common in households, the word became useless. Eventually, no one used it since then!
It might be really surprising for some of you to know that dungarees are what we call today ‘’jeans’’! Oh, yes this word comes from a cheap type of cloth that used to be imported at that time from Dongari Kilda, India.
However, when clothing manufacturers started importing the cloth from Genoa city in Italy, which is ‘’Genes’’ in French, dungarees were called jeans instead!
This term dates back to Jazz age, say in the 1920s and was used as a synonym to ‘’excellent’’ and has gained widespread popularity during the 1960s and 70s. However, by 1980s, the word became really an old fashion and people stopped using it. Using this word today will make you sound anything but hip! So, yes make sure you choose your words wisely!