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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Words that by the wayside fell

Deadest
Was a term when I was a lad
It meant to be honest or
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Some words and phrases move through out lives

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  • Susan Lacovara (10/21/2013 11:55:00 PM)

    Every now and again, I catch myself saying some outdated, tarnished relic of a phrase... and I know so, by the upturned looks, of my nieces and nephews...then a conversation erupts...trying to find a suitable description, definition, and new age translation, for my lost language! ! ! ! Thought provoking write, much enjoyed

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  • Anthony Di''anno (10/5/2013 1:55:00 PM)

    Ahh they do. Snicket is a word I grew up with. The things that happen in snickets could power the world. Stolen kisses grumpy near misses and next door's dog to name a few. Evocative write Danny.

  • Patricia Grantham (10/4/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    Yes I do remember some of those old terms that was
    used. The youth nowadays have a complete set of terms.
    Most of them I have never heard of. To young for me i
    guess. Thanks for the memories.

  • Lyn Paul (9/30/2013 3:35:00 AM)

    Different words for different Aussie states... I am still using far out and Gig yet the others I have not heard of. I think the youth today follow eachother too much. Love your words

  • Valsa George (9/29/2013 2:11:00 AM)

    During certain stages of life, knowingly or unknowingly, some words and phrases creep into our vocabulary and we are likely to use them very often or may develop a special interest for them. But as we shift into another stage of life, we notice that those words, we no longer use. But a few may continue to interest us through out our life. A unique theme for a poem! Enjoyed! !

  • Diane Hine (9/28/2013 11:49:00 PM)

    Sometimes you meet those dated words and phrases in colloquial style poems which adds both charm and confusion. I find 'far out' useful sometimes to avoid the other f-word. The fifth stanza is one of those occasions where kids are forced to 'grin and bear it'.

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