Do you remember words such as murgatroyd and okidoki?

What happened to these words that were popular when baby boomers were growing up?

Do you remember words such as murgatroyd and okidoki?

Regular Sunday columnist Peter Leith shares an article that revives memories of all those words that we thought were cool back in our youth but have long since ceased to be part of our vocabulary.


Murgatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spellchecker does not recognise the word murgatroyd? Heavens to murgatroyd!

Who can dredge up those old expressions that were so common when we were kids but have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology? Phrases such as: ‘don’t touch that dial’, ‘carbon copy’, ‘you sound like a broken record’ and ‘hung out to dry’.

Who used to say: ‘heavens to Betsy!’, ‘gee whillikers’, ‘jumping Jehoshaphat’ and ‘holy moley’?

We were: ‘in like Flynn’ and ‘living the life of Riley’. Were you ever accused of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China?

Did you ‘mind your Ps and Qs’ at the dinner table?

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, ‘Well, I'll be a monkey’s uncle!’ or ‘This is a fine kettle of fish!’ we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

What happened to: ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ and fiddlesticks? In fact what happened to the game called Fiddlesticks? So many questions.

Well, I hope you are hunky dory after reading this.

See ya later alligator! In a while crocodile. Okidoki?

What words do you remember from your youth that have passed into the ‘museum’ category?

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    14th Jun 2020
    I still use a lot of these sayings, I am in my sixties lol
    14th Jun 2020
    I'm leaving now was 'I'm gonna hit the tar' or I'm gonna shoot through' ....when seeing a skinny girl we would say 'I've seen more meat on a butchers apron'...a large person might be '3 pick handles wide'...a bow legged person 'couldn't stop a pig in an alley'....'as dark as the inside of a dog'...there were so many, I loved them
    14th Jun 2020
    Many of the old sayings were humorous.t. I still find myself saying 'Fair Dinkum' which is 'as old as the hills' and certainly a lot older than I.
    14th Jun 2020
    sure beats the hell out of some of current stupid sayings,at the moment with the various different sporting codes restarting so many of the commentators instead of from the start it's from the "Get Go" drives me mad,you don't here them saying when a match is about to stop it's going to 'Give Stop"
    14th Jun 2020
    I can certainly remember all those sayings and more.
    I am in my 70's and like Marmas still use many of them.
    The Thinker
    14th Jun 2020
    I remember the trendy words from my youth but never used them. I found them to be shallow and stupid. Every young generation has had its trendy words since the dawn of time. Thank goodness they disappear with the next trend.
    14th Jun 2020
    wow thinker, I thought they were descriptive phrases which conveyed an accurate picture with a hint of humour....bugger me, I didnt realise how stupid and shallow I was.....thanks for pointing it out, I am truly grateful.....btw did your friends ever use phrases like this or didn't you have friends.
    14th Jun 2020
    Oh poor Thinker.
    What lovely descriptive verbal pleasures you frown upon.
    Your ideas about shallow words aren’t worth a tinker’s cuss. Then again, I guess one shouldn’t label people Tinkers these days.
    I recall telling a recalcitrant child that he wouldn’t work in an iron lung. Of course he looked puzzled, as well he might. I said it in the 1980s and iron lungs were things of the past, even then.
    Well strike me pink, I guess living in outer Woop Woop helps make me appreciative of our fun phrases and words. Bush folk had a wonderful supply and probably still do.
    14th Jun 2020
    I think that's "okaydokey": I still use it quite often and wasn't aware that it's out of fashion.
    14th Jun 2020
    I still say it on occasion.
    However today I’d say it’s Brass Monkey weather...
    14th Jun 2020
    "Blimey Charlie" I haven't seen comments like these for "donkey's ages". It makes me "happy as Larry".
    14th Jun 2020
    I have loved reading these. My mother used to exclaim: Greatjoshaphat or something more like that than other.
    For years and years I thought she was saying GREATJARS OF FAT !
    14th Jun 2020
    I still use these expressions and more. Sometimes I have to explain them to my grandchildren who of course have never heard them before lol!
    14th Jun 2020
    "gonna hit the frog and toad' (the road) but it is not Australian, here is the dictionary for the Australian ones have fun reading them:
    14th Jun 2020
    okey dokey, I'll confess, many of those sayings described are still with me; Heavens to Betsy why should we let them go; those folk around us, like, like, they get the gist eventually. If they had parents, it's possible they too come out with holey moley.. But it's the modern ones I can't stand... easy peasy makes me queasy.
    14th Jun 2020
    I used all these sayings and a lot more as well . I am 77 and my brother is 82 we ring one another each weekend as he lives in SA and I live in NSW but when we have finished talking he always still says ""hooroo ""just as we have done zoo our lives
    14th Jun 2020
    Should be all not zoo lol

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