22/08/2014 07:19 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Phrases Kids Today Just Don't Understand


At the risk of 'sounding like a broken record' there are certain phrases that kids these days just don't understand.

Asking someone to 'rewind the conversation,' might seem straightforward enough to you or I, but to a child who has never had to rewind a video or tape cassette, it makes about as much sense as a foreign language.

This is not a modern occurrence - previous generations would have had to explain to their children what 'giving your tuppence worth' meant.

Website Nickmom recently published a list (below) with common phrases that are likely to be greeted with a blank stare from kids today, such as: 'Stay tuned,' 'Tape that show for me' and 'Roll up the window'.

Which inspired us to put together our very own 'hit parade' of the phrases kids today just don't understand. So here we go... 'full-steam ahead!'

Sounding like a broken record

Let's go back to the drawing board (You mean iPad right?!)

​Don't touch that dial

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

In technicolour

Pencil me in

Pleased as Punch

A carbon copy

Dial a number


Phone book

The record skipped (or for that matter, CD)

Put the needle on it

I'm just pulling your chain

Waiting by the phone (nowadays the phone waits by you!)


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