Things That Had A Different Name When I Was A Kid

1. pasta (spaghetti)
2. jeans (dungarees)
3. dinner (supper)
4. sofa (couch)
5. content (writing)

One thought on “Things That Had A Different Name When I Was A Kid

  1. How about administrative assistant (secretary), mentally challenged (retarded), kid (used exclusively over ‘child’ with the plural versions) amazing (when it’s ordinary) and of course “issues” as the TOTAL denial word for problems.

    Other words include descriptive terms you’re “not supposed to say anymore” such as horrible, terrible, awful, predicament, shameful, disruptive and tragic. No, no, no. As a child who was shuttered back and forth between the Catholic and public schools, the Nuns (in particular) might have had a harder time not being able to use some of those words. They had a predicament on their hands: a boy with a high IQ, but had A.D.D. The term wasn’t around then. I was out of my seat a lot visiting the other ‘kids’.

    In the 1st and 2nd grades, the Nuns used masking tape to keep me seated, and it helped. Still, I had the ruler taken to the back of my hands more than once. In the public school they didn’t do that. The teachers wrote letters to my Mom telling them I was disruptive, preferring being out of my seat, talking to the other students about Lost In Space, The Monkees, Batman and this beautiful witch (Angelique/Cassandra) on Dark Shadows–every kid was hooked on THAT one after school, Bob. Mom apologized to the teachers telling them it’s getting worse. First it was Elizabeth Montgomery, then Barbara Eden and now (1968) Lara Parker.

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