Do You ya-HOO! 24/7?

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Last week, you asked your daughter if she had a ‘ya-HOO! account.

“Mom, why do you always say ya-HOO!?”  “It’s just, Yahoo.”

“Well, because when I was growing up, I yelled ‘Ya-HOO!  Mountain Dew!’ along with the commercial.”  And along with Wishbone, the cook in the TV show ‘Rawhide.’  During your childhood, you had a steady diet of cowboy westerns:  Bonanza, Branded, Daniel BooneDeath Valley Days, Maverick, Roy Rogers and Wagon Train.  Not one character on those shows would be caught dead just calling, ‘Yahoo!‘  It’s Ya-HOO! or bust.

Things were much simpler when you were younger; you aren’t accustomed to the new mumbo jumbo lingo.  Back then, there weren’t so many communication options.  You had your telephone: rotary, wall or pink princess.  You had your paper, envelope and stamp.  You kept it simple.

Since the rapid-fire advancements in technology, there are now so many inventions that you older folks have the pesky task of trying to keep track of all of the exact names and terminology. It’s challenging to keep up with all of the trends when you have decades of names already stuffed into your brain.   Plus, nowadays there are such flat-out strange terms like Digger, Google, StumbleUpon, Tumblr and Twitter.  Will they soon morph into Dig-Into, Googler, Stumbler, Tumble-Upon and Twit-Upon?

But then, you’re talking to the person who orginally struggled with the ’24/7′ concept.  Why mix hours and days into one digit?

Yes, you and your husband have been known to call the new Amazon reader a “Kiddle.”  You mispronounce consumer products all day long with great abandon–everything from designer water to household inventions.   Back in your day, you had the “Fuller Brush” man.  He called on your house and sold your mother household cleaning brushes.   Today the supermarket sells ‘Swifters,‘ as you call them, much to your children’s glee.  And isn’t ‘Pasani ‘ a nice pure name for designer water?  (Sometimes you think they can’t wait for you to completely mangle the next word; or did you unwittingly create a better brand name?)  No company has contacted you yet, but you are still waiting patiently.  You wish every invention was as easy as to say as,  Apple, iPhone and iPad.

So it’s not just IT; a simple trip to the grocery store can send you into a tailspin.  Yes, you and your husband call BOGO, ‘BONGO.’  Shouldn’t an acronym make some semblance of a real word?  If not, why isn’t it BOGOF?  Who makes these up?  ‘DIY’ threw you into a loop.  Is it a crime to yearn for pronounceable words?  But it’s not just acronyms, it’s new-fangled products as well.

“Have you tried cookin’ that Kin-no-a?” you asked your daughter last week, while shopping at the beach market.

“Oh, do you mean, Keen-wa (quinoa)?  Yes, it’s great.”

“Don’t ya wanna buy some of that Sweet Moon?” you said as you navigated down the next aisle.

“Oh, Mom.  You’re so cute.  Did you mean, Sweet Water, or Blue Moon ale?”

‘Nuff said.  You plumb. give. up.



A freelance writer who revels in the 1970's...and today. Thoughts on being a baby baby boomer and empty nester. Welcome to the Saturday evening porch.
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14 Responses to Do You ya-HOO! 24/7?

  1. My daughter says that too “You’re so cute.” When she does I know I’ve something somewhere again. It’s all good. Love my daughter for that.

  2. Amen, sister, amen! We oldies but goodies gotta stick together….whether we can pronounce this crazy stuff or not! 😉

  3. ryoko861 says:

    I try to keep up with the lingo and do pretty good. I don’t hesitate to ask my kids what does “BA” mean (Bad Ass) or anything like that. You have to keep up or fall into the realms of the 1950’s June Cleaver syndrome.

  4. lol, we really are in technology overload, aren’t we? My parents always ask about “The Facebook”.

  5. Tori Nelson says:

    Haha! If it makes you feel any better, I am 24 and TOTALLY OUT OF THE LOOP ALWAYS. I often get lessons on new-age gadgets from my tech-savvy dad!

  6. Holly says:

    Ok I have a 14 year old who is always looking at me crazy and telling me what is no longer cool. ha!

  7. comingeast says:

    I’m with you, sister. I just can’t keep up. By the way, we still have our Princess phone in the guest room. Do you think I should take it on the Antique Roadshow?

  8. Is it pink? If so, I have a starting bid of $1,000.

    A. Roadshow is coming here the first weekend in August and we are beside ourselves! (Do we actually have anything to take etc.)

  9. I feel your pain, Reeling…my Jim used to take me to the store he called “Efad’s.” I assumed it was owned by a Middle Eastern person named “Efad”, until I noticed the sign on the window one day that said “Everything For a Dollar Store”!


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