Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Feel Old

I watched the season premiere of SNL tonight, having recorded it last night. SNL hasn't been funny to me for at least a decade, and I stopped watching it before my first child was born. But tonight, in addition to not finding the show particularly amusing (though it had its moments--Tina Fey makes an eerie Sarah Palin), I felt old. About half the time I didn't get the references to pop culture that were obviously being made, and what's with the new slang? I'd heard (or read) "Oh, snap!" somewhere, but don't know its origins, and the other words I couldn't even figure out how to spell and I couldn't winkle out what they might mean from their context.

Another pointer to my loss of youth--our neighbors had a party for other neighbors and various friends from around town, and I was so happy to have to go home at 9:30 and send the babysitter away (she had to get up for religious school this morning). Not that it wasn't a fine party--it was. Great food, good drink, nice people. But two hours was about all I could take.

It's time I face what I should have known since I was a teenager watching Mystery and Masterpiece Theatre (oh, yeah, and then there was that fascination with Andy Williams): I'm an old fogey, and have been for a long time.

9 comments:

LB said...

Despite my recent frequent referencing of SNL, I haven't found it humorous in years (with few exceptions - Justin Timberlake's video being one of them - it's dirty, but so damn funny, it almost made me like the male pop-tart).

I can't help you from feeling old, but try Not to Act Old. It's my new fave! (saying "fave" is probably a wicked old thing to do by the way).

Fiddler said...

Yeah, I hardly know what the young 'uns are saying these days, so what would have replaced fave? The baddest? That sounds so, you know, 2002.

Thanks for the link.

LB said...

I just watched the Tiny Fey as Sarah Palin on the NBC website and thought it was hilarious!

Try the Urban Dictionary. Today's entry will help you figure out what Amy Poehler said as Hillary Clinton (I didn't get it either).

I like the verb "winkle" by the way. I'm going to try to use it this week in ordinary conversation and with a straight face.

Fiddler said...

Okay, so now I know what FLIRJ is, but not a MILF. Will have to Google that one, myself, just like Hillary (Poehler).

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Fiddler said...

Both FLIRJ and MILF are too crude to use anything but their intials, so now I see why they are referred to as they are. I don't see them becoming the next "SNAFU," though.

LB said...

Yes, both very crude, and not even humorous (except in the ridiculous context of uptight politicians using them on a national stage). I don't see either of them entering the everyday lexicon.

Charlotte said...

"snap" is from the UK card game of that name--it means that two people are thinking or saying the same thing at the same time! But possibly it has some mysterious American slang meaning these days that I don't know of :)

Fiddler said...

Thanks, Charlotte, for the source of "Oh, snap!" In fact, now that you mention it, I think I remember seeing a picture of Prof. McGonagall/Maggie Smith (from the Harry Potter books and movies for anyone who's been living in an alternate, HP-less universe for the past eleven years) with these words edited in above her head. I'd have to go back and re-watch the movies, as I'm pretty sure she never said that phrase in the books.