WordPlay

Twenty-Three Skidoo

“Twenty-three skidoo…”  If you’re under the age of 80, these words may have little meaning for you.  Wikipedia explains below.

23 skidoo (sometimes 23 skiddoo) is an American slang phrase popularized during the early 20th century, first attested before World War I and becoming popular during the 1920s. It generally refers to leaving quickly, being forced to leave quickly by someone else, or taking advantage of a propitious opportunity to leave, that is, “getting [out] while the getting’s good.” The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain.23 skidoo has been described as “perhaps the first truly national fad expression and one of the most popular fad expressions to appear in the U.S.”

–From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[2013]

For the band, see 23 Skidoo (band).

Before checking Wikipedia23 skidoo, was  for me just an old-fashioned expression I had seen or heard a few times in old books and movies.  I’d never heard of the 2013 band by that name.

Now it seems that the old cliché 23 skidoo may be making a comeback . In a century or so, perhaps our descendants will rediscover and appreciate the tired platitudes so many of us use today as substitutes for originality of thought.

For now, let’s let the following “national fad expressions” [and many more] just rest in peace …

Determined and bound and to avoid cliché?

Do not say No way José,
It is what it is, I’m just sayin,’
No worries, mate, I can’t complain,
Been there, done that, Back in the day
I got your back, What more can I say?
So screwed;  Really? Under the bus;
I’m good;  Are you serious?
-M.B.

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