Being a language teacher, I often question the usefulness of teaching certain language when it seems rarely used in daily life, if not nearly lost with a bygone era. There are a lot of glaringly obvious examples to desert completely (has anyone actually said “it’s raining cats and dogs” in your lifetime), but in doing so, do we limit our ability to express ourselves clearly? Are these words and expressions just being replaced by newer ones with the same meaning? Or has our society/culture/environment just evolved to the point where describing it a certain way is no longer relevant?
Thinking about my grandmother the other day and what she used to say to me, I had the idea to blog about some of these types of linguistic challenges. So tell me, whomever you are, do you think these are still used? If so, when was the last time you heard it used or used it yourself?
#1 – saucy (adj)
I can remember when I was a little kid, I’d get frustrated and say something sarcastic. And if in Gramma’s presence, she’d say, “now don’t get saucy“. I also remember thinking it was such an odd expression to say in that situation when my mom never used it nor did anyone else I knew, even then. Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever used it then or since. Variation of similar frequency: lippy
#2 – horse around (v)
I’m not sure why these two came to mind most recently (maybe I’m feeling like I’ve done something wrong, haha), but another one my grandparents said was not to horse around in the living room as though my friends and I would destroy something valuable. Now this one’s a little tough for me to make a call on. I do believe I’ve taught it to students at one point or another without really considering too carefully if I’ve ever used it myself. And you know, I don’t think I have. But for some reason, it doesn’t seem quite as outdated as saucy.