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Old School: Words that will date you
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Note: Originally published on Mar 28, 2013, I decided to repost this because after a recent high school reunion, I realized some of my classmates were still using the words “maong” and “parlor.”
I gently reminded them to say “denim” and “salon” an that using such words now will date us as having been born in the ’60s, which will not sound cool to our kids who say “beast” when they think you’re wearing something cool from like Supreme or Thrasher.
So this is dedicated to high school friends particularly Assumption HS ’84, section 4-3: Please read below and get to know words that will date you. Kthanks. Love you. Bye!

Margiela flats

My mom said something funny after buying a pair of Margiela flats last Sunday.
“Type ko to. Gusto kong mag-groovy for a change,” she told my dad.
Groovy. I haven’t heard that word in years.
“The last time I heard that was in Scooby Doo,” pointed out my sister Ana, 21.

Scooby Doo

I remember the first time I heard the word “type” to mean “like.”
It was the ’70s. My parents and I were watching Miss Philippines on our black and white TV, and my dad points out a contestant and says, “Ayan. Type ko yan.”
I was confused. The image I had in my head was a typewriter.

I bought a typewriter

I had a recent conversation with my sons about the word “epic,” which I hate.
“Epic” to them means “great” or “awesome.” While to me it means “long narrative poem with a hero. You know, like Iliad, Odyssey, Homer?” I told my kids.

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Unfortunately, this was the Homer my son had in mind.

Homer

So what are the words our parents still say that sound funny to us?
I made a survey on Twitter and found out my folks are just as funny as your folks.

SM Shoemart. My son asked me why some people call SM Shoemart. I told him SM stands for Shoemart because the owner of Shoemart, who happens to be the richest man in the Philippines, Mr. Henry Sy, didn’t have shoes while growing up. So he worked hard until he opened a shoe store, which became a department store, which became a mall and so on. And the name SM Shoemart stuck, as in we’ve got it all for you.

Copon bond or coupon bond.
Some folks actually call it kokomban, in reference to bond paper.

bond paper

According to Investopedia, a coupon bond is “a debt obligation with coupons attached that represent semiannual interest payments. Also known as a bearer bond.”

Coupon bond

That said, I still don’t know why people call it coupon bond.

Kendle. This kind.

Candle

Scissor Salad. Back in the ’70s, it was a popular dish in my grandmother’s house.

Caesar Salad

Chit. Not the play money you use to pay in the school canteen or fair. “Chit” is another word for “check” or “bill.”

cheque please

Jingle. Not referring to Christmas bells, but referring to a call of nature, as in “Teka muna. Jumi-jingle pa siya.”

Manneken Pis

Picha pie. You know, like Shakey’s.

Every year I have to have a heart pizza

Cutex. That’s ’70s for nailpolish

massini magic attraction

Kwacker Oats. They’re good for you.

Friendly foods from the Quaker Oats Company | Aliments amicales du Quaker Oats Company

Prigider. Taken from an old brand of refrigerators.

Frigidaire Refrigerator Life Magazine Advertisement November 1965

Colgate. A generic name for toothpaste—even if it’s Close Up.

Colgate Toothpaste

Station waygon. A popular car in the ’70s with a roof extended to the back.

Station Wagon DSC_0038

Transistor. What everyone used to listen to music, news, and dramas.

Vintage Channel Master Two-Band (AM/FM) Transistor Radio, Model 6518, Made in Japan

Nessels Cream. Puede ring Nessels Crunch.

Nestle Reduced Cream
Nestle Crunch bar wrapper - More Fun to Munch - 1970's

Johnson’s buds for cotton buds. I still say Q-tips.

Careful, Mom, if that's for me...make sure it's made by Johnson's

Combo. Not your spaghetti and chicken meal at McDonalds, but a band, like rock band.

Hotdog band

Step-in. Backless footwear, or mules

Berkemann sandals

AC/DC for bisexual. Another funny term for bisexual: silahis.

AC/DC

or “sward” for “gay” (Scan: Video 48)

Karioka

Mens, meaning monthly period. Or Kotex, for sanitary pads.

kotex

Pogi, for handsome—but hey, I still say that

gutierrez_juancho

Reduce, pronounced “rejuice,” as in, “Kailangan mo nang mag-rejuice. Meaning, diet.

I'm Dieting to Lose Weight

Parlor. Another word for beauty salon.

be beautiful for him

Shettle’s Best 🙂

Seattle's Best

Spraynet.

assorted

Jodorant.

deodorant

Other words that will date you: Maong (denim)

Bang Bang jeans

Charol (patent leather) or “wet look”

patent leather dress shoes 2
wet_look_s

Pentel pen (marker)

Pentel Pen

Bomba or bold for nudity

Silip movie

Smorgasbord!

postcard - Sweden House Smorgasbord

Anything else I missed?

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Vicky

Parlor – salon
Mag rebolusyon tiyan ko – having an upset stomach
bebelgam (Referring to bubble gum from a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line “lasang bebelgam”

HI-C juice
Bazooka bubblegum
Dairy queen -the old DQ was a restaurant and ice cream place located in Dian Street, Makati in the 80’s and 90’s
Trapper Keeper -a large notebook and organiser which was a trend in the 80’s and 90’s
Birch tree powdered milk
Klim powdered milk
Bon Bon baby cologne

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Christopher Sevilla

pagerper
kotse ni kuba
adong
belekoy
papa kodak or kodakan – picture taking
kiri – malandi
ket – pusa
epol
pen payn epol epol pen
umiri
jijingle – iihi
jeproks
sosy – sosyal
kurdoroy
bangi like binangi
nilabon
maong at khaki

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So true! I got the term reduce from my lola which I use. My dad uses Nessels crunch and mom uses parlor. Just to share more.

Alembong -flirt
Borloloy (did I spell that right?) -accessories
Surot -not the insect but vegetables
Kubyertos -utensils
Sigarilyo -another term for cigarette instead of yosi

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