How often do you stop and think about the relevance of popular sayings? Probably not until some young whippersnapper says "WTF does that even mean, Grandpa?" 

1. "Hang up the phone."


giphy

Just what exactly are you hanging it on? See also: "Dial the number."


2. "Roll down the window."

imgur

Windows are not pantlegs, and, chances are, it's been a decade or two since your car had one of these.


3. "Close, but no cigar."


giphy

This saying refers to the practice of giving cigars as prizes at carnivals in the US during the 19th century. Today we just say "#fail."


4. You sound "like a broken record."

vk

Yesterday's scratched record is today's buffering Spotify app.


5. You look like you've "been through the wringer."


tumblr

These days we only have to push a button and I STILL hate doing laundry. Manually feeding it through a pasta maker that may or may not rip your fingers off? Fuggedaboutit.


6. "Dropping a dime" on someone.


reddit

There was a time when the only way to make a phone call outside your house was to insert 10 cents into a machine like this. Horrifying, I know.


7. "Hold your horses."

bassclarinetist

A leftover from the days when "horsepower" actually referred to the number of horses hitched to your wagon.


8. I'm just "blowing off some steam."

flickr

This is a relic from the time when steam engines ruled the world. Now it's just an excuse for why you're getting drunk on a Tuesday. See also: "full-steam ahead" and "running out of steam."


9. Caught "on tape."

comedynose

From the days when video cameras were bigger than a breadbox and a movie was something you had to "rewind."


10. I just need your "John Hancock" on this form.

hammer51012

To explain this one, you have go all the way back to a time before America was a country (and when people still wrote in cursive).


11. Don't "telegraph your punches."

Heineken

What the hell is a telegraph and why would you punch someone with it?!


12. "Carbon copy."

wikipedia

You probably know this as a term for sending the same email to multiple people, but it originated in the days before we had copy machines . Just remember to press hard.


13. "See you on the flip side."


pinterest

The flip side of what? Oh, a record. Wait, what?