When was the last time you said, “Hey, can you tell me how to get there?”

With navigation on our phones, it’s an obsolete question. 

Or can you remember asking or someone asking you to get up to change the channel or turn up the TV? I used to be the remote control for my dad. 

I was thinking today of things we don’t say anymore. Obsolete expressions or questions. 

In restaurants the hostess doesn’t ask, “Would you like to be seated in smoking or non-smoking?”

The fast food drive-thru person never asks anymore, “Do you need ketchup?”  I can order 3 large fries and drive away without the reason I got fries-just a dipping tool for ketchup. 

“That’s groovy.”  Or at least you shouldn’t. 

“Dude.” Just stop it. 

“I haven’t checked my answering machine.” 

“Has so and so called?”

Teenagers never say, “I’ll call you later.”

“Fill it up, please.”

“Please” may be lost altogether in our vocabulary. 

“Have you seen the latest Bruce Willis movie?”

In some cities the question, “Where’s the men’s room?” is technically and politically incorrect.


But there are some sayings that never go out of style. 

I love you. 

Thank you. 

I appreciate you. 

You’re a great friend.  

Can I help you?

I’m proud of you. 

Oh yeah and “Are we there yet?”

That one will always be around. 

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