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    Do any of you have those sudden eruptions of a word you haven’t heard for over half a century?
    Today out of the blue came Flivver—must be 60 odd years ago I last heard that.
    Did any of you have one in your family?

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    Some of the words we used to use have quite a different meaning, do you remember the half dollar (2/6p), my old mate the panel beater said it would cost me two “spot” to fix the dent in the car, that had me worried it ended up meaning $200, mind you petrol at 3/3p a gallon and milk at 4p a pint delivered and butter at two bob (2/-) a pound wasn’t half bad, you can guess I am a baby boomer (1947), sometimes I will say things to the younger workers and then I remember I am using some old phrase from the past, the bewilderment on their faces wondering what this old bugger really means :-)

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    I have always liked the word ‘Ritzy’-it somehow evokes glamour,cheekiness,and exuberant energy of people who are not necessarily rich(BB 1941)
    Emelle.

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    When I was a kid, butter was 2/-. Once I was given back 6d change as the shopkeeper mistook the 2/- for a half crown. Every time after that I carefully put the 2/- face up on the counter hoping it might happen again but it never did.
    Flippertygibbet is another word that came to mind from long ago. I have a friend and I am sure my grandmother would have described her in that way.

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    Gobbledygook.Starting from scratch.[scratch what]Higgeldepigalty
    Hell its a wonder we learnt to spell correctly OKK[well thats debatable in my case]

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    A friend of mine running a small business made a piece of equipment from bits and pieces as he was unable to buy what he wanted. When he showed his staff how it worked he said “It’s a bit ‘Heath Robinson’ but it will do the job” most of the staff wanted to know who ‘Heath Robinson’ was!

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    Me tooo?????

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    Heath Robinson = something "gerry built" or home built, rough and ready that does the job ok.

    Here’s another one "Mickey Duck" means any comic book in the Navy. A take off of the names Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck.

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    Aha-yes-but WHO was’Heath Robinson ?
    I remember that Mickey Doolans were Catholics.
    Emelle

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    A non existent person to the best of my knowledge, it is a term my grand farther used so it has been around for a while.

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    My Grandfathers favourite saying was blarney.He used it as a replacement for a swear word.Like the Blarney Government is going to the dogs,Julia[my Grandmother]That was years and years ago,and that statement STILL applies.

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    Hi there.

    Heath Robinson was a real person. I am pretty sure that he came from Britain.He put out a book full of amazing wonderful machines
    They were drawings only, but a real joy to look at. I remember getting the book from thye library in the 60s.

    China Doll

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