AARP promotes 50 as “the new 30.” Approaching 58, I understand that my generation is different from the previous AARP generation but I’m not so sure we’re the new 30 either.
I’m reminded almost daily of my advancing age. Earlier this year, I began taking blood pressure medication, even though I’m just “pre-hypertension.” Last week, I had an eye exam because it had been seven years since the last one and it occurred to me that if I did need a new prescription then I’d almost certainly find a deal. I’ve gone from progressive bi-focals to progressive trifocals.
I was right about the deal: Penney’s gave me the frames and lenses for just $99. (The frames alone were marked $79.)
Being asked at restaurants if I want the “senior discount” is one positive aspect of all this. As is qualifying for a “mature traveler” rate at hotels.
But it’s not so much the physical signs of aging I find disconcerting. No, it’s the increasing sense that I’m in the linguistic boonies.
This feeling was reinforced twice within just a few days. First, another blogger commented on a post I wrote about search engines terms used to find my blog that a search term she noticed used to find her blog was “tramp stamp.” I had no idea what that term meant and had to Google it to learn it is a woman who has a tattoo on her lower back. I wonder how long that phrase has been around before I belatedly learned about it?
A few days later, I was discussing with some co-workers a “1,000 extra points per night” promotion that Hampton Inn was come out with. A new, younger co-worker walked in on us and blurted out that she’s a “point whore.” I’d never heard that term either, but as a frequent traveler I quickly grasped it’s meaning. Yes, where I stay is often influenced by any special point deals I can take advantage of. So I’m a point whore myself, although I wouldn’t put it that way in a conversation.
Now I’m wondering how many other phrases have entered the lexicon that I’m clueless about. Maybe someone should create a website of “new phrases clueless geezers may not know” for folks like me. You can jump start my education by leaving a comment about any phrases you’ve recently learned and what they mean (if it’s not obvious).
Really, it’d be so outtasight if you can help me because right now I can’t dig it when I hear these new phrases and so it’s like a really bad trip. It’d be so groovy if you sock it to me and blow my mind with these right on phrases. Thank you!