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When people say television set

They’re old

by Anonymousreply 81May 30, 2024 3:57 AM

I have a friend who says things like, “we’re watching a program…”. She even says it (unironically) like Bea Arthur.

by Anonymousreply 1May 28, 2024 1:26 AM

What do today's youngsters say instead of television set?

by Anonymousreply 2May 28, 2024 1:28 AM

Icebox, gramophone, Victrola, stereo, boiler, wringer ....

by Anonymousreply 3May 28, 2024 1:44 AM


by Anonymousreply 4May 28, 2024 1:45 AM

When people post on DL ….

by Anonymousreply 5May 28, 2024 1:46 AM

I love the old words and expressions.

by Anonymousreply 6May 28, 2024 1:47 AM

What is OP's problem with old people?

by Anonymousreply 7May 28, 2024 1:48 AM


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by Anonymousreply 8May 28, 2024 1:51 AM

I don't say "television set, say "TV set".

by Anonymousreply 9May 28, 2024 1:52 AM

In the 1950s it was known as the "Jew Box".

by Anonymousreply 10May 28, 2024 1:53 AM

TV is old ffs. It was invented in the 1920s. By definition it's antique.

by Anonymousreply 11May 28, 2024 1:54 AM

Speaking of television sets, I refer to streaming services as channels, as I hunt for the remote, which I call the clicker, all to the great disapproval of my family members under the age of 40.

by Anonymousreply 12May 28, 2024 1:55 AM

We say Philco, as in, "Warm up the Philco, Ferd, it's time for Twilight Zone!".

by Anonymousreply 13May 28, 2024 1:59 AM


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by Anonymousreply 14May 28, 2024 2:09 AM

Anyone who says "slacks" instead of pants. Absolutely ancient.

by Anonymousreply 15May 28, 2024 2:11 AM

Dungarees for jeans. Fossil.

by Anonymousreply 16May 28, 2024 2:13 AM

The kids saying watching a show or Netflix.

by Anonymousreply 17May 28, 2024 2:14 AM

Why is there a dressy dress but no pantsy pants?

by Anonymousreply 18May 28, 2024 2:15 AM

Or slacky slacks doris ?

by Anonymousreply 19May 28, 2024 2:17 AM

Whenever we watch a movie on Netflix, mother will ask, "Is that a tape?"

by Anonymousreply 20May 28, 2024 2:17 AM

Watching television set on the Davenport.

by Anonymousreply 21May 28, 2024 2:20 AM

Thanks for the reminders.


by Anonymousreply 22May 28, 2024 2:23 AM

I wonder how many of these are in the landfill?

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by Anonymousreply 23May 28, 2024 2:23 AM

Anyone 'member "action slacks" in the 1970s? We'd giggle at teachers sporting those. Synthetic hip huggers with a cloth belt, I think. Not infrequently worn with "earth shoes", which were funky plastic platform orthopedics with a bunion-friendly toe box.

by Anonymousreply 24May 28, 2024 2:24 AM

I cancelled all my streaming subscriptions to save up money for new broadloom.

by Anonymousreply 25May 28, 2024 2:24 AM

R4 …of boeuf

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by Anonymousreply 26May 28, 2024 2:24 AM

Philo Farnsworth got screwed.

by Anonymousreply 27May 28, 2024 2:30 AM

What am I supposed to say if someone tips over the TV? after SHIT! Someone knocked over the audio visual unit? What's wrong with TV?

by Anonymousreply 28May 28, 2024 2:35 AM

When they tell a joke that involves a 'milkman'

by Anonymousreply 29May 28, 2024 2:56 AM

When people say "you're welcome"...

by Anonymousreply 30May 28, 2024 3:12 AM

A few years ago, I told some friends that I’d watched something on my color TV. It got quite a laugh. It seems I went into an eldergay time warp back to to the 1960s!

by Anonymousreply 31May 28, 2024 3:29 AM

“Tonight we will eat Swanson dinners, in front of the color TV. Followed by those tiny little plastic ice cream cups with the paper lids.

by Anonymousreply 32May 28, 2024 3:38 AM


by Anonymousreply 33May 28, 2024 3:41 AM

^^with metal TV trays, no less

by Anonymousreply 34May 28, 2024 3:43 AM

R34 That’s way frozen meals should be cooked.

by Anonymousreply 35May 28, 2024 3:47 AM

Somebody wants $1,599 for this baby on eBay.

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by Anonymousreply 36May 28, 2024 5:16 AM

We had a similar console at home as our first color TV when I was a gayling, but not with all the “high tech” features. The eldergay geek in me got excited looking at the TV’s features in the eBay listing, as if it were 1972 again! At this stage of life, I’ll take whatever I can get to feel young again, even if only fleetingly!

by Anonymousreply 37May 28, 2024 6:32 AM

When I was little, my neighbors did say "oleo" and called their blender an "Osterizer."

by Anonymousreply 38May 28, 2024 6:38 AM

Zap it in the radar range

by Anonymousreply 39May 28, 2024 6:45 AM

Briefly in the ‘60s we lived with an elderly great aunt who would always tell me to get something for her from the “fridge over there”. It was years before I realized she was saying “Frigidaire”.

by Anonymousreply 40May 28, 2024 7:56 AM

People who refer to eyeglasses as 'specs' or 'cheaters'

by Anonymousreply 41May 28, 2024 11:59 AM

"TV" is fine, R28. It's the "set" that gives you away. It's like calling your radio "the wireless".

R17, my heart bleeds for the younger generation that they think "streaming services" are convincingly represented as "Netflix", which is by far the worst of the major services for quality and diversity. (Diversity meaning lots of well differentiated content, not wokeness.)

by Anonymousreply 42May 28, 2024 2:24 PM

The console entertainment unit at R36 sold for $1,350.00 in 1972. That’s a bit over 10k today.

In 72 a High School teacher earned around 8k a year.

Zenith - The Quality Goes In Before The Name Goes On.

by Anonymousreply 43May 28, 2024 2:44 PM

The cost seemed high but on most major purchases for the home you would expect an appliance to last at least 20 years. When my mother died my sister claimed her Electrolux vaccuum. It's at least 50 years old but my sister uses it. Mostly for fun and nostalgia but she uses it. The fucking thing still works like it's day one. She is, and my mom was, a clean freak. They bonded over cleaning. So I guess it means something to her.

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by Anonymousreply 44May 28, 2024 3:01 PM

As a kid I always wanted a "Quasar, by Motorola." They were a new line of transistorized "tv set" and could be easily repaired by pulling out a drawer on the back panel. They were US built until the company was sold to a Japanese manufacturer in the 1970's.

by Anonymousreply 45May 28, 2024 3:14 PM

I remember would something would break down my father would say something like "what was this shit made in Japan?".

by Anonymousreply 46May 28, 2024 3:17 PM

I'm going to put this new LP on the hi-fi.

by Anonymousreply 47May 28, 2024 3:19 PM


by Anonymousreply 48May 28, 2024 3:40 PM

Guys who call cocks "peckers"

by Anonymousreply 49May 28, 2024 4:00 PM


by Anonymousreply 50May 28, 2024 4:05 PM

I have been known to call it the 'Weather Bureau' instead of the 'Weather Service'

by Anonymousreply 51May 28, 2024 4:15 PM

Pocketbook, as in "Does she always wear her pocketbook on her head?"

by Anonymousreply 52May 28, 2024 5:26 PM

My rheumatism and lumbago are actin' up!

by Anonymousreply 53May 28, 2024 5:28 PM

My mom always calls it her pocketbook R52 - but she’s almost 90.

Was pocketbook a term that was regional to the Northeast?

by Anonymousreply 54May 28, 2024 5:31 PM

I have a friend from Philly who's in his early 40s who says "pocketbook."

by Anonymousreply 55May 28, 2024 5:33 PM

Oh no it's a rerun !

by Anonymousreply 56May 28, 2024 5:37 PM

Well I usually say it as well R55, those few times I need to refer to a handbag - I’m sure your Philly friend just absorbed it from his mom and grandma like me.

by Anonymousreply 57May 28, 2024 5:37 PM

r57 it must be a mid-Atlantic thing. I grew up in the Midwest and spent many years in New England. I never heard "pocketbook" either place.

by Anonymousreply 58May 28, 2024 5:39 PM

Pronouncing the word "beautiful" as "beauty-ful." Billie Holiday does this on Lady in Satin.

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by Anonymousreply 59May 28, 2024 5:41 PM

And when they say Telly, they're British.

by Anonymousreply 60May 28, 2024 5:41 PM

I’m watching my stories!!

by Anonymousreply 61May 28, 2024 5:43 PM

That’s what I suspected R58 - we’re all old school Brooklynites and I never heard the it when I was in Chicago for college.

by Anonymousreply 62May 28, 2024 5:43 PM

Pocketbook vs. Purse. With my mom smaller ones were a pocketbook. A purse you could keep your family alive with for a week or so. Plus moms had this radar with her purse. I still don't get it. She'd be by the pool reading. Us, out of ear shot and sight in the kitchen. Going through her purse for money and ciggies. Sure enough, and how she did it I don't know, GET OUT OF MY PURSE!

by Anonymousreply 63May 28, 2024 5:55 PM

I have to correct myself it was: "GET OUT OF MY PURSE. GOD DAMMIT!".

by Anonymousreply 64May 28, 2024 6:03 PM

There is no 'pantsy pants' Doris - but there is 'fancy pants.'

"Well look at fancy pants!" - said about you if you deviated one bit from the mediocre.

by Anonymousreply 65May 28, 2024 6:26 PM

[quote]I have a friend who says things like, “we’re watching a program…”

What else would you call a program?

[quote]I'm going to put this new LP on the hi-fi.

At least you didn't refer to it as a "vinyl."

[quote]I have a friend from Philly who's in his early 40s who says "pocketbook."

"Pocketbook" is what we called a woman's purse in New Jersey. I still call it that, though I no longer live in NJ. And I'm in my late 60s.

by Anonymousreply 66May 28, 2024 7:03 PM

It's always been "pocketbook". I assumed it was a Massachusetts thing.

by Anonymousreply 67May 28, 2024 7:13 PM

Channel 4 has good cartoons and The Little Rascals, but Channel 6 has the best movies and afternoon tv shows.

by Anonymousreply 68May 28, 2024 7:31 PM

I had a neighbor (lady) who was from Texas. She called her purse a "pocketbook."

by Anonymousreply 69May 28, 2024 9:58 PM

Mom had a boyfriend a few years after dad died (back in the 70's). He was about 20 years older than she was. He would call his luggage his "grips" and whatever he drove was a "vehicle". Of course mom adopted those terms whenever she referred to a suitcase, or car or truck.

by Anonymousreply 70May 28, 2024 10:05 PM

My neighbors, the ones who said "oleo" and "Osterizer" called a suitcase a "valise," emphasis on the 1st syllable, and the "i" pronounced as in "it." These people were probably part of the Dust Bowl diaspora, I've come to realize. I remember another neighbor being kind of snobby towards them. It wasn't right to be snobby, but I understand, now.

by Anonymousreply 71May 28, 2024 10:11 PM

r70 "vehicle" instead of "car or truck" is one of my pet peeves, but it seems to me a class marker rather than a generational marker.

by Anonymousreply 72May 28, 2024 10:27 PM

What does "vehicle" signify, as far as class?

"Vehicle" is cop talk, IME.

by Anonymousreply 73May 28, 2024 10:29 PM

It's a lower-class thing, r73.

I've watched hundreds of hours of The People's Court and it becomes apparent.

by Anonymousreply 74May 28, 2024 10:31 PM

[quote]I've watched hundreds of hours of The People's Court

Talk about a lower-class thing, r74.

by Anonymousreply 75May 28, 2024 10:38 PM

[quote] I've watched hundreds of hours of The People's Court and it becomes apparent.

I'll defer to your research, then.

by Anonymousreply 76May 28, 2024 10:43 PM

I have my grandparents' 1950s TV in my garage. It is a black and white set with a screen which measures 18"x12" with rounded edges. Cabinet doors can hide the screen. I can't bear to part with it. It's probably not fixable, but the image of my mom, my aunt and my two grandparents watching it like it was modern technology is ingrained in my mind.

by Anonymousreply 77May 28, 2024 10:58 PM

I grew up near Philly. We had a console tv in the 70s. In the 80s, 90’s, and probably beyond we had watched a portable that sat atop the now non-operable console set.

The term pocketbook was used almost unilaterally. I live in California now. A few years ago the word pocketbook appeared in a novel. Almost no one here, adults nor kids, had any idea what pocketbook meant.

by Anonymousreply 78May 30, 2024 1:05 AM

Turn me on

I’m a Radio

by Anonymousreply 79May 30, 2024 1:52 AM

If they say 'Chinaman'

by Anonymousreply 80May 30, 2024 3:56 AM

Have you got a $1.10 for the paperboy?

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