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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Another one from the WW 2 barracks: "He doesn't know sh-t from Shinola!" Shinola was a brand of shoe polish way back there.
Orchestra conductor Sir Henry Wood added some culture to the same sentiment: "he doesn't know his brass from his woodwind".

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I tried to do a Google search for "I used mine kidneys," and just found lots and lots of medical sites concerning our actual "kidneys." No slang, no Yiddish. But I always remember many of us, after we had solved a problem or something, tapping the side of our skulls and just crediting, "kidneys" for our brilliant solution. So its been a sarcastic thing about our brain, but I don't know where it came from. Vaudeville? Old Three Stooges? I haven't figured that out yet in my kidneys.
Oh- I did find this little bonus on my Google Search (GROAN): "You wanna write a good composition? Avoid clich├ęs like the plague!"

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Variation: Wild horses couldn't keep me away!

Aug 26, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Nope. They've gone the way of the dinosaur. Dead as a dodo bird, don't cha know. Gone but not forgotten. Just like Tippacanoe with Tyler in it, etc.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

A friend of my father's must have been a fan of Fibber McGee and Molly- his standard greeting (many, many years ago, naturally) was to knock on the door and as soon as someone opened it, he'd shout out a friendly, "Anybody home at Wistful Vista?" (Fibber McGee and Molly lived on a street called Wistful Vista. )

I was just looking up Fibber McGee on the internet so I would spell "Wistful..." correctly (I was off by a bit.), and ran across another phrase that caught on during the radio show's run (circa late 1930s- 1940s.) McGee told terrible puns, terrible jokes, and Molly would invariably reply, "T'ain't funny, McGee!" I have heard her say this to McGee countless times on "Old time radio" programs that have come and gone on our local public radio station, and a friend used to have a boundless collection of oldtime radio CDs. I didn't know Molly's catch-phrase was common language of the day, though.
BTW, as "bad" as McGee's jokes were, they really were a hoot. (Add that 'hoot' thing to our list of phrases you don't hear anymore, too.)

Aug 23, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

[Add lots of Mel Blanc cartoon character spitting on that 'succotash.']

Yumpin' Yimminy!

Aug 21, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

If that phrase has some age on it, its fairly new to me. One of the talk-radio guys in the morning in our area uses it once in a while and so I only heard it for the first time 1 -2 years ago. I've lived a sheltered life, I know.
Let's see... Back in the day, I was told to "Shut your trap" a time or 2.

Aug 21, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

"Let's blow this popsicle stand!"
(And its got a nice Chowhound tie-in, too.)

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Its really OK, dude. I remember when we hung out together that rainy morning at Woodstock. You were... well, I don't think you'd want me to post that on the internet. Remember when it was deep, insightful commentary to go around saying, "Far out, man! Far out!" (Sorry, MGZ. As far as pithy Chowhound replies go, mine will have to be good enough for government work.
Excuse me. I have to throw my tie-dyed shirt in the dryer...)

Aug 19, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Just barely getting by = "...on a wing and a prayer" (Could also be used to mean the chances of success on some project were low, but we're going to try it "on a wing and a prayer.")
Did your parent ever try to be real creative when they told you no? "The chances of that are slim to none, and Slim just left town!"
"How'd you like a knuckle sandwich?" (My best friend's Mom was always threatening me with her knuckle sandwich, when she wasn't telling me to "put your puss in the corner!" She was tougher than my own Mom!)

"Between a rock and a hard place"
"Good enough for government work"
"Good enough for gospel"
Saying hello with "Howdee Dooty!" or "Howdee Dooty, neighbor!"

Other "hello" phrases were picked up from TV and radio personalities, such as Arthur Godfrey's "How'ah ya, how'ah ya, how'ah ya?" or the character on Steve Allen's old show who would open with "Hi ho, Steverino!" As a general greeting in the culture at the time, the other person did not have to be named Steve.

"I smell a rat."

Aug 18, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

"learning the ropes"
"See you in the funny papers"
"Kwitcherbellyakin."
"You need that like you need a hole in your head" (Mom's favorite)
"First a little, then a lot'll" (Dad's favorite, inspired by slow pouring ketchup, but it could be applied in many situations to suit my father.)
"Fer cryin' out loud!"
"Great Ceasar's Ghost!" (when a little kid wanted to sound like Perry White in the 1950s.)
"That's right up my alley" /"...your alley."

Aug 18, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food
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Side dish for Salads?

When we bring bread, we also bring butter and/or olive oil, etc. Don't assume everyone has the condiment stuff wonderful bread on the table craves. I've seen some great bread just go to waste for lack of someone remembering the butter- etc. You put out the call for suggestions with only a few hours notice- how did it turn out?

Aug 16, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Memories of Diners

You may also want to check out a Chowhound thread that went strong for about a month (December 2014- January 2015), "What Makes Diners Special?" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997534 There were about 230+ posts that may also have some diner memories worth re-visiting.

Horrible Restaurant Names

We had a "Chat & Chew" in my hometown many years ago. Don't recall I ever ate there. But it was apparently a local "landmark" when I was a kid, and just the very name brings back wonderful nostalgic associations of the old stomping grounds, if not of the actual restaurant itself. A wonderful name!!!

Aug 16, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

What do you think of this menu?

Ditto! Sometimes I think we try too hard to "impress," and the joy of time with friends takes a back seat. And that's too bad when that happens. I am a big fan of meringues. so please set an extra dessert plate.

Want to save a recipe

Thanks for your suggestions and patience!

Aug 14, 2015
Florida Hound in Site Talk

So you are moving away

Landy's was legendary. Yes, old enough, but honestly, somehow I missed it.

Aug 14, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Sparks my interest back up concerning "NABs" (Non-alcoholic beverages- I've posted above). One that sounds especially intriguing is Ginger-Lemon-Thyme Martini. It may be awhile before I can hitchhike up to Stillwater, MN!

Aug 14, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Want to save a recipe

OK, one of my problems is that these recipes are listed as an "article" and "Chowhound blog" and not recipe, per se (but it is a bunch of pictures and recipes). So it would not be entirely unexpected that, yes, the format is different. (11 Vanilla cakes... Caitlin O'Shaughnessy.)

Aug 14, 2015
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Want to save a recipe

So sorry I couldn't, Deborah. So I posted a rather inane comment in the comments section, "I'm posting this to my profile." It will now come up on my list on my profile page, obviously. Wish I could show you that it is just enough different than the one several months ago. Thanks!

Aug 11, 2015
Florida Hound in Site Talk

11 Best Vanilla Cake Recipes

I'm saving this to my profile.

Aug 11, 2015
Florida Hound in Features

So you are moving away

Another NY area thread has been reflecting on the demise of the A & P supermarket chain, and it has been eye-opening to read so many current and recent awful reports about the supermarket that was a joy in my youth. Your comment is very timely for this displaced New Yorker making his way in the Sunshine State.

Aug 08, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

So you are moving away

From my own Bronx and Westchester days- oh, do I miss White Castle!!!! (The ones in supermarket freezer sections are not the same.) Also on my list: Mug brand cream soda, egg creams, stick pretzel on the side, please. Lime rickeys, NYC hard rolls(mentioned earlier in this thread) a good NYC corn muffin. A well-made Yonkers "wedge," but I know the hangouts where I used to get them are long gone, anyway. But the taste buds remember.

Aug 08, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

So you are moving away

I never thought of coffee ice cream as a regional thing. Are there places around the country where this would not be available? Is there a particular brand that is entirely a MA thing? Just curious.

Aug 08, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Want to save a recipe

Well, here we go again, but I think the procedure has changed (again). The familiar story- I want to save a recipe article to my profile, but by now there is no "red index bar below the recipe title and photo" and there is no "heart icon." Can you update me on the current way to do this? Thanks much.

Aug 08, 2015
Florida Hound in Site Talk

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

I can't help myself... the title of the thread has my mind's eye picturing Moses and God on the mountain, negotiating back and forth...

Aug 04, 2015
Florida Hound in Philadelphia
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Interesting thickening agents

A few years ago, I asked Chowhound friends to help me develop a thicker Christmas eggnog, and someone suggested Guar Gum. I finally tried it last Christmas season and overdid it- I've got notes in the margin of this favorite recipe to start out very sparingly for the batches in the upcoming season. But as eggnog concrete goes, it was heavenly. No, really, it was quite good but I have to "be careful what I wish for."

Aug 04, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

What is your perfect breakfast?

I've come in late and just reading this list is mouth-watering incredible. If I can't add a new one, I can 'second' some of the classics:

-challah French toast, butter and Vermont maple syrup
-buttermilk pancakes, butter and Vermont maple syrup
-Paper-thin Norwegian pancakes, rolled up as the Norwegian tradition calls for. Topped with fruit or syrup
-well made crispy Belgian waffles (I've had good,had bad) with butter, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

VARIATION ON THE THEME: "Perfect Breakfast" from the viewpoint of the occasion or the location- really can make a difference!
-Southern grits at a restaurant on the banks of the Nantahala River, North Carolina. Beautiful view. River, kayakers, playful ducks. Sadly, the restaurant has since cut out their breakfast hours.
-Fried chicken breakfast at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, Colonial Williamsburg, VA. They, too, revamped their schedule and, last we were in CW, was not open for breakfast.
-Our honeymoon breakfast (actually day 2 or 3) was fried eggs on the Coleman Stove, in the middle of the Smokey Mountains, a very popular stop in the park, Newfound Gap, on the NC- Tennessee line. Lots of people "stopped by," but we didn't have enough to share.
-A breakfast of latkas at Hanukkah.
PERFECT BREAKFASTS, ALL.

Aug 02, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics
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Neighbor Compains to Cops About Smoke From Barbecue

Black smoke... white smoke... I think we're on the verge of naming a new pope.

A&P bankruptcy

I posted earlier in the thread about the departure of Daitch Shopwell from Ardsley, too many years ago to count. The absence of a real grocery store was a hardship for a lot of residents for a long time afterwards. I have not kept up 100% with hometown changes from my present digs in Florida, but its good to know we apparently finally have a store worth shopping at.