17 Outdated Phrases That Today’s Generation Don’t Want Us to Use

We’ve all been there. A conversation is going swimmingly until someone drops a phrase that’s as outdated as a rotary phone. It’s a facepalm moment, and suddenly, we’re time-traveling to an era we’d all like to forget. Read on for 17 phrases that should stay firmly nestled in the past.

“That’s groovy”

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Boomers were all about calling things “groovy” when they meant something was cool or fantastic. This catchword, iconic in its time, now sounds as outdated as bell-bottom jeans and lava lamps.

“Far out”

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“Far out” was used by boomers to show they were amazed or approved of something, linking back to a time of colorful music and space discovery. Now, the phrase is more of a nostalgic memory than a common saying.

“Can you dig it?”

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“Can you dig it?” was the ’70s way of asking if you get the picture or are on board. Think of it as the vintage “you feel me?” But today, we’re more about that crystal-clear, jargon-free communication.

“Peace and love”

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“Peace and love” was the boomer’s bread and butter, straight from the era of bell-bottoms and peace signs. While we’re still all for spreading good vibes, we’ve now swapped flower crowns for emojis –  but the sentiment is still as groovy as ever!

“Right on”

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Baby boomers used “right on” as an affirmation, a nod of agreement that was as common as vinyl records. Now, we have as many ways to say “yes” as there are songs on our playlists, showing our love for all kinds of ideas and expressions.

“What’s your bag?”

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This slang phrase was a boomer’s way of asking about your hobbies or problems. Nowadays, we simply ask, “What are you into?” or “What’s on your mind?” to learn more about someone’s interests or concerns.

“Lay it on me”

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“Lay it on me” was used to invite others to speak openly. Today, we’re still all ears, but our invitations to share thoughts are as crisp and clear as the audio on our smart speakers, emphasizing openness and clarity.

“Catch you on the flip side”

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Back in the day, this phrase was used as a cool way to say “goodbye” and “see you later”. Now, we say goodbye in many quick and easy ways, thanks to all the different ways we can talk to each other in today’s fast-paced digital world.

“Outta sight”

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This was a cool way to say something was amazing back in the groovy days. Now, we use different words that fit our modern times but still convey that “wow” factor.

“That’s solid”

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Confirming agreement or reliability, boomers would declare something “solid.” Our modern ways of showing agreement these days are as varied and vibrant as the apps on our phones. We have a wealth of phrases at our disposal to say “yes” and give our approval.

“Cool Beans”

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This phrase was popular among Boomers to show they liked something. However, today’s expressions of approval are constantly changing and we’ve moved on to newer phrases that better reflect our modern times and culture.

“What a bummer”

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A disappointment or downer was often dubbed a “bummer” by boomers. Now however, we express discontent with phrases as sophisticated and diverse as our array of emoticons.

“Hang ten”

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From the surfing culture, boomers used this to tell someone to stay cool. However, you are still likely to hear this phrase on the beach, though not so much in the street.

“Keep on truckin’”

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In the past, this phrase was used to encourage persistence. Now, we use different words that are more motivating and fitting for today’s world. Our modern terms better express today’s energy and creativity.

“The Man”

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Referring to authority figures, boomers often cited “the man.” Nowadays, we refer to those in authority with a range of much more varied vocabulary, which can sometimes be pretty colorful!

“Lots of bread”

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Boomers used “bread” to talk about money. But now, we use terms that fit with our fast and digital way of handling money, leaving older phrases like this behind.

“Let it all hang out”

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Way back when,  boomers were all about “letting it all hang out” to promote openness. It was less about wardrobe malfunctions and more about baring your soul! Today, we have a new batch of phrases to champion transparency and authenticity – no ‘70s lingo required.

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