help my daughter with a vocab. project

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    My second grade daughter has a summer homework project about how vocabulary has evolved. (it's part of the William and Mary GT model). Anyway, she has to choose a time period and compare common sayings in that time period with common sayings in our current time. She chose the 1950's. She is supposed to interview grandparents and elderly relatives for help with the terms, but sadly, none of the elderly relatives really understand what she needs. They are a little too elderly, if you know what I mean! :D

    Anyway, we have a few words that are current: google (used as a verb), text, fax, email, internet.

    Any ideas - especially from teachers of a certain generation - of common sayings/sland from the 50's?

    Her idea for a project is to write a story, and turn it into a book, where two kids are playing with a time machine and get sent back to the 50's, where they meet two other kids, and they all have a hard time understanding each other. To solve that problem, they are going to invent their own language....but we need some 1950's language that today's kids wouldn't understand first.

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    From my grandmother....

    -Icebox
    -picture show
    -45's
    -brassiere
    -unmentionables
    -In a family way
    -Vestibule
    -emergency brake (mostly called parking brakes now, but still used sometimes)
    -Veranda
    -Store-bought
    -Victrola
    -percolator
    -
     
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    Oh, and carpark...she just came out of her bedroom for that one.

    Something else you might want to have your daughter do is watch old re-runs of leave it to beaver and other shows from the era. I'm sure they run somewhere on cable at least daily and you could tivo them so she can watch them when she's available.
     
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    She's on a roll....

    Fridgidaire
    Whirlpool (washing machine)
    gay (happy)
     
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    the bees knees
    the cat's pajamas

    Those are two my grandpa used.
     
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    So far, so good! Keep em coming!
    Kim
     
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    Here are a few more

    Daddio
    neato
    the Victrola (record player)
    party line (shared telephone)
    pops (any old man)
    flatfoot (cops)
    rumble (a group fight)
    platters (records)
    dreamboat (boyfriend)

    i think the advice to watch Leave it to Beaver was a good one. Also watch I Love Lucy, Happy Days. Laverne and Shirley, and any 50's eras show on Nickelodeon.
     
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    I just had another thought....Watch the movie "Back to the Future". The original one has some of the same ideas as far as people from different eras having trouble communicating. You might get some ideas and words from that movie as well as from the tv shows.
     
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    Boys were "dreamy." Oleo was margarine. Don't forget to take your date to the "drive-in."

    Sock hops were the rage. 45's on the portable (small records on the portable record player, for those who don't know) were peachy keen.

    Girls "set their hair" (put it in curlers and let it dry.)

    Boys wore "swim trunks" while girls wore "bathing suits." All girls had to wear "bathing caps" in the pool. And boy, oh boy, did they look "nifty."
     
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    I thought of a couple more late last night from my grandparents

    icebox=refrigerator
    lady days=period
    Sunday go to meeting clothes=dressing up
    Quaker style=men on one side and gals on the other
    bluing day=laundry bluing in the whites
    old man=dad
    lunch pail=lunch box
    bibs=overalls
    sit down=pitch in, potluck, picnic
    chain gang=prisoner
    coloured=African American
    Land O' Sakes=goodness
    What in tarnation?=what the heck
    Little blue blazes=itchy/burning rash

    Lots of things that they said just seem to me to be "country" like "down in the hollers" for the valley. They also kept ration books, green stamps, and tended to collect large amounts of meat, sugar, and butter.
     

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