At any rate, if you want to avoid dating yourself, Reader’s Digest has a list of 10 words to avoid. While you’re at it, you might not want to admit to reading Reader’s Digest, but we digress.
As the old folks might say, without further ado, here are the 10 words that make you sound old:
Pocketbook – “Purse” or “handbag” has replaced this old-timey term.
Whippersnapper – Unless you’re a prospector from the 1700s, you’ve already retired this term for youngsters.
Tape – Any child of the ’80s still use this verb to mean “record,” even in this age of digital DVRs, which obviously don’t use tape.
Xerox – Same deal: lots of companies make copy machines, but “Xerox” is a flashback to decades past.
Floppy disk – Seriously? If your computer still use this — and if you do — it’s time to work with some younger talent.
Stewardess – Obviously, it’s “flight attendant” nowadays.
Grody – Not sure you’ll find anyone who still uses this synonym for “gross,” but perhaps there’s a thawed Valley Girl trapped in ice a la Encino Man.
Icebox – Unless you have grandkids, you probably already won’t use this term for refrigerator.
Dungarees – The old timey word for “jeans” got their start as the fabric imported from Dongari Kilda, India, Reader’s Digest reports. “Jeans” became the norm when the heavy fabric was instead imported from Genoa in Italy — “Genes” in French.
Groovy – Again, chances are this word passed out of usage alongside your dad’s old leisure suit, but in case not, avoid it.
SOURCE: ABC News