10 Outdated Sayings That Confuse Younger Generations

Don t Flip Your Wig

Baby boomers grew up when wigs were popular, especially in the 1950s for trying new hairstyles. This phrase meant to stay calm and not get angry, but it's outdated now.


Boomers expressed their style through their clothes. Saying, "Her threads are groovy," reflects their love for fashion and individuality.

You Clean Up Real Fine

Boomers use this to compliment someone's appearance when they've made an effort. Today, we value appreciating more than just looks.

Babe, Where Are My Thongs

Boomers called flip-flops "thongs." Asking for "thongs" in public now might cause confusion, but they meant summer sandals.


Being called a "cat" by a boomer is a compliment. It means they think you're stylish and cool, not referring to the animal.

Lay a Patch

If a boomer says they re going to "lay a patch," they mean they're about to peel out in a car, leaving tire marks. Hold on tight!

What s Your Bag?

When boomers ask, "What s your bag?" they re curious about your interests and hobbies, not your actual bag.

Wig Chop

Saying "wig chop" means a haircut in boomer slang. Try it at the salon for fun and see the reaction!

Apple Butter

If a boomer calls you "apple butter," they re saying you're smooth at talking or flirting. It's a charming, albeit cheesy, compliment.

Cruisin for a Bruisin

Boomers used this phrase to warn someone they were heading for trouble. Nowadays, it might just get you puzzled looks.