Posted by Word Camel on March 05, 2004
In Reply to: Old Blondes posted by Barney on March 04, 2004
: : : : : : : : : : : : I didn't find this in the archives. Do we know its origin or am I forgetting again...
: : : : : : : : : : : : WC
: : : : : : : : : : : I think its ancestor was "Kodak moment," from commercials.
: : : : : : : : : : I spend a significant amount of time with "seniors" at the "senior center" (Senior Centers are, I gather, a fairly common community in the US. They are apparently managed locally but use a lot of grant money so there is a lot of US government regulation.) Anyway, "seniors" use the expression "senior moment" to describe a lapse of memory e.g. temporarly forgetting a name or face or a word. I have never seen the phrase in print but it is so commonplace that it should turn up in places other than my experience.
: : : : : : : : : I thought "senior citizens" was a relatively new term. But I looked it up last night and it dates back to 1938. I didn't hear it until the 1960s when all kinds of government money poured into my area of W.Va. and senior citizen centers started opening up. FYI -- I would prefer to be called elderly or old. "Senior" sounds dippy.
: : : : : : : : Well, I would prefer to be called young, if it weren't for my concern for accuracy.
: : : : : : : At our senior center we frequently refer to close associates as "geezers". It would appear that "geezer" is rather like the word "nigger" and is not PC for most people at most times and places.
: : : : : : How about "wrinklies"?
: : : : : ::Reminds me of a joke --"Whats the second best thing that comes out of a penis??????????.......The wrinkles! Sorry, the devil made me do it.
: : : : 1938 is relatively new, geezer is not in any way offensive but the joke is. Just thought you needed straightening out. In any case I thought the resurgence in use of 'senior moment' was all down to Terry Wogan.
: : : We also call wrinklies, gerries - equally unkind of course. As for the senior moments, well I prefer to call them blonde moments, but I'm hurtling headlong into a possible combo of blonde senior moments - yikes!!!
: : A 'senior' moment is when something slips the memory - totally different to a 'blonde' moment which involves failing to understand something.
: : most people I know think that senior moment is gently amusing, not offensive. I don't know what blonde's think.
: Neither do blondes
I haven't had much time to look at this recently (many 'mommy moments') but I appreciate the ideas. My sister's appellation for the senior set is "shriv". I think others may use it too.