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9 Things We Used To Say All The Time That Are Now Completely Irrelevant

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I was born in the 80s so I actually remember hearing (and in most cases using) all of these phrases, and in one case I still use it to do this day. If you were born pre-1994 you likely remember most of these yourself, so here we go.

1. Why don't you check the classifieds?

Now this one is an oldie and a goody. Before the age of Kijiji, you actually had to open up a newspaper to see what people were selling, what jobs were currently available, and for the personal ads. Now the classifieds still exist in the modern newspaper, but online searches for everything has made them more of a nostalgic touch than a useful page in the daily news.

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2. Just stop and ask for directions!

I can't count the number of times I heard someone yell that specific phrase at my father as we aimlessly tried to find where we were going. In the age of GPS and smartphones who actually stops to ask the local store clerk for direction?

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3. Be kind, please rewind!

Oh how I miss Blockbuster. Going there Friday evenings after dinner to rent a movie and a video game was always a highlight of my grade school life. For those of you currently scratching your heads, rewinding a tape meant actually spending time getting your movie all the way back to the start.

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4. Beep me.

Before smartphones there was your standard cell phone. But before cellphones became a cultural norm, we had pagers and payphones. "Beep me" meant call my pager and I will call you back when I find a phone. It wasn't perfect, but it was so much simpler to ignore people then.

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5. Call collect.

Yet another phone-related phrase that has become obsolete as the years have passed. Now, collect calls still exist but I can't think of someone outside of a prison that would make them on a regular basis. Regardless, it is a way to phone someone and have them pay for the call.

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