I am not a word master, I wish I were, but at best my vocabulary is close to 8th grade (my 8th grade, 1953). Growing up I never noticed words came and went, but they did. That's 'COOL'.
An old man (probably 65 lol) asked me the other day, "How y'all doing?" I answered fine and asked how he was, he answered, "Fair to Middling." Then he asked if I knew what that meant. Of course I do, I wasn't sure he did though.
I only know it because I took a crip course in HS, 3hrs at the local textile school in Belmont. Fair to middling is a cotton grade. Telling how long the cotton staple (fiber). you pull the cotton apart and if the average is 1/2", it is fair, then 1/2 to 1" of fiber is 'fair to middling' (is above average) and 1" is middling, very good. Well that is the way I remember it. That was in 1954-55 methinks, so I could be wrong in the lengths. That grade determined the price the farmer was paid for a crop.
Remember the phrase: 'A monkey's uncle'.
I noticed on the web some college was listing words banned from its campus. I thought about a friend who said on a forum lately that he would be happy to never hear certain words ever again, one was Kardashian. I think I agree.
I guess the oldest I remember is, "I'll be a son of a gun." (I have no idea what that meant), but I do remember a book by Lewis Grizzard : "My daddy Was a Pistol, I'm a Son of A Gun".
"I've got it 'Made in the Shade'. Don't Touch that Dial! ( guess the word dial is gone for good)."
Then there is 'Carbon Copy' remember that? What about 'you sound like a 'Broken record'?'
Have you ever been "Hung out to dry?" Bonney over at "Organic Discourse" still hangs her clothes out, but the term "Hung out to Dry" referred being left in a position (in an office) to fend for yourself on a position others had taken with you, but backed out when the rubber met the road. You were in it alone or 'hung out to dry'. YOu had to 'FAce the Music'.
Do you remember any term or word you no longer hear?