Posted by ESC on March 02, 2004
In Reply to: Senior moment? posted by abe on March 02, 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.