Top 3 favourite old school expressions

Just as every decade has it’s fads, so too it has it’s ‘language fashions’.

There are so many wonderful ‘old school’ words out there (and I’m not talking 80s – dudes) that it was really hard to chose my top 3 this week.

Nonetheless, here goes:

1. Swell

This is slang from the 30s and 40s and I love it because it fits into so many situations. It means great or fine, but it can also be used sarcastically too.

Here’s an example for you; ‘That was such a swell dinner last night!’ or… ‘Well that’s just swell! Thanks for telling everyone”

2. Cats Meow

This is 1920s lingo that means the ultimate in cool. To say that something is the cats meow is the same as saying it’s too cool for words. Given the weight of the word, you need to be careful with it as overuse will lose some of its value. You can also substitute the Cats Pajamas for the same meaning.

Here’s an example for you; ‘You really are the cats meow’

3. Heavens to Betsy!

The origins of this lovely old exclamation are early 20th Century, and although we will probably never know who Betsy really is – it still has great charm as an alternative swear word. You can use it as you would to curse, and the trick to making it work is your conviction: like most swear words I suggest practicing it by yourself until you can make it sound natural.

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