Posted by Ward on December 21, 2004
In Reply to: Senior Citizen Discount posted by James Briggs on December 20, 2004
: : : : Since I'm about ready to turn 65, I will become eligible for lots of Senior Citizen Discounts. The movies (cinema) the restaurants, and lots of other organizations reward older folks with some percent off on prices. When did this term become widespread? It must be relatively recent, since the lifespan has moved up so much in the last 100 years. Is it also practiced elsewhere in the English speaking world?
: : : And what really frosts my prunes is that "they" are trying to move senior citzenhood back to age 55 in the U.S.
: : : Senior citizen has been "popular" since the 1950s. See http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/36/messages/48.html So we can figure that the discounts weren't far behind.
: : "Is it also practiced elsewhere in the English speaking world?"
: : It depends. Where are you?
: It's quite common in the UK, and has been so for many years. It's also seen in Germany, but I don't know how widespread it is, ie what sorts of services are covered. In the UK it ranges from cheaper bus fares to discounts on cinema seats.
I live in Indian Wells, California, in the Palm Springs area. Our average age in this little city is over 64yrs! Friends call the place I live, "wrinkleberg" or "shrivel city". But I must say the general health and well being of people in their mid 60s here is good to great, with many enjoying their early retirement with a lot of vitality and health.