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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2017 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In their first scene together in "The Normal Heart", which takes place in the early 1980's, Mark Ruffalo antagonizes politically and flirts with Matt Bomer.

Bomer's character "takes the bait" (both ways), and asks as Ruffalo leaves: "You in the book?"

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2021 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

"icebox"

When I was a kid, older folks were still calling electric refrigerators "iceboxes," a term carried over from their childhoods.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

"icebox"
When I was a kid, older folks were still calling electric refrigerators


I always register slight amusement when you hear that phrase which was relatively common thru 1970s TVshows with older characters. At least it makes sense as a description. Whereas "hold the wire" (which I heard last night) meaning "don't hang up the phone" is opaque. Maybe it was an abbreviation for "hold the wire circuit open."

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

"Drop a dime" - Which meant to use a payphone to call the police on someone. "I'm gonna drop a dime on you, pal!".
Do payphones still exist?
Related - "Long distance" phone call. "A call for you, honey. It's long distance!"

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Give it a spin, as in play a record.

Some of us do still "give it a spin" but its a largely redundant to anyone under 55.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Pulling the chain, for flushing the loo.

It was so satisfying pulling the chain on the very high cistern. I still find myself saying that sometimes.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Several of the "outdated" phrases cited in this thread are still used. Words and phrases can become metaphoric even if they are no longer literal.

 
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