My neighbors often have a table of free stuff on their front lawn. Sometimes bigger things too including furniture but they are usually old MDF pieces that are close to the end of their life cycle therefore not worth taking. No matter what they have, my daughter wants it. Sometime I will take the long way in order to not have to pass it because I hate saying no.
Yesterday they had an old television cabinet out on display. My daughter called it a cupboard and said she wanted it (of course). This piece could technically be called a cupboard. Google’s definition of cupboard is: a cabinet or closet, usually with a door and shelves, used for storage. Cupboard, Cupboard, Cupboard, what a wonderful word. This was definitely NOT a cupboard though. Cupboards are what my grandmother kept her tea cups in and where the little animals in Beatrix Potter stories kept their pies and poor Old Mother Hubbard… well, let’s not even go there!
This got me started thinking about other “grandma words” or should I now say “great-grandma words”. These old words have fallen out of favor and it’s our own fault! Don’t you remember cringing when you grandmother called your super cool Guess jean, dungarees. It is sad though because these words are so rich in emotional references to the people, places, and things from our past.
So let’s celebrate these old-timey words today with a printable book to share with kids! Your children can learn some new words and you can enjoy a trip down memory lane.
“Fun Old Tmey Words” printable accordion book
Here is the list…
- Parlor = living room
- Dungarees = jeans
- Ice box = refrigerator
- Rubbish = garbage
- Galoshes = rain boots
- Valise = small suitcase
- Housecoat = bathrobe
- Cupboard = cabinet
- *Girdle = shape-ware
To print out the accordion book just click on the following hyperlink to open a PDF file that you can save or print: old-timey words accordion book. Once printed, cut along the solid lines, use a glue stick on the flap to attached the 2 strips together, then fold back and forth accordion style along the dotted lines.
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I am sure I forgot some great old timey words! Please leave a comment and add to my list.
*Just for moms and not in the book so don’t worry about having to explain this one!