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Re: Past vs. present

Posted by R. Berg on May 25, 2001

In Reply to: Re: Clarify your question? posted by kate on May 25, 2001

: : : I need some help locating how things were in the good old days vs. how things are now. i.e. In the past I could fill the car with gas for what a loaf of bread costs today.

: : Not clear to me what kind of info you're looking for. If it's historical facts about inflation, there are better sources elsewhere. What part of your query concerns language and phrases? For instance, do you want quotations from writers and speakers who have thought up imaginative ways to say they like the past better than the present?

: Sorry I was not clear - but I believe there are catchy phrases that compare the past with the present for modern day usage. If I am mistaken, I will retrack the question and go hide in a hole somewhere.

Well, there's a saying by Will Rogers (I think), "Things ain't what they used to be and never was." The golden age of [whatever]; the salad days of [whatever]. The glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome. Just like Mother used to make. When Hector was a pup. A blast from the past. The world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Anybody else?