Thursday, February 18, 2010

this needs a name




I need your help.  Most of my followers are bloggers themselves and are very creative so I believe I'm asking the right group.

There's an occurrence in one's life that is common but yet as far as I know doesn't have a name.  It happens enough to so many that it really should have a name. 

Here's my description of it:
You are reading a magazine, a newspaper (ok I know I'm one of few still doing that), or maybe watching the news and it hits you - Celebrity  so-and-so is OLD.  When the hell did that happen?  Oh shit that means I'm old.  It can't be.  I remember him/her when they were smoking hot.
The lack of a name for this was apparent while reading a post on the Mrs. BlogAlot blog.  Her aged celebrity was Heather Locklear (who is NOT in the above picture).

Whatever we call this it's popular.  It's so popular that the first section of the AARP magazine (oh that's my aunt's AARP - oh OK it's mine) I read is their 'Big 5-oh' page. They also list 6-oh 7-oh etc.  Did you know Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time) both are turning 50 this year?

So if that news shocked you a little, what do you call that event that just happened to you?

Calling it "oh shit" is not descriptive enough.  Here's some of my suggestions:
  1. Bigohatize
  2. Denial Revealed
  3. Timestamped
  4. AARPatize
  5. Social Security
As you can see I need some help with this.  Please leave your suggestions in the comments.
(My oh my Jennifer and Valerie are so old!)


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41 comments:

unknownmami said...

1. Overthehillitude
2. Faded Glory
3. Busted Youth
4.Ah hell no!
5. Reality

unknownmami said...

(cont.)

6. Depends moment
7. Sad
8. But I'm not old moment

Fantastic Forrest said...

Hmmm...that's a toughie. I'll bet the French have a perfect expression for this. Let's dissect this post first, though. I certainly have had the experience of being shocked that someone I thought was hot is now not so hot...is in fact looking old. However, that has not led me to conclude anything about my own aging or lack of hotness. Nor should it prompt such feelings in you, lisleman. We've still got it. Remember this always.

I like unknownmami's phrase "Faded Glory." That is perhaps the kindest.

I will watch the proceedings on this with great interest. Goodonya for a thought-provoking post.

BTW, did you see that woman who used to be on SNL on 30 Rock the other night? I think her name was Jan something? Man, she has gotten OLD.

But we are still vibrant and gorgeous.

greeneyedmomster said...

All I know is that my kids made me feel old when the A.) Didn't know who Farrah Faucet was when she passed away and B.) They didn't know that Michael Jackson was black when he died.

As for the picture, I hope she's the Surgeon General's wife! Hee he he!!

minzesm said...

The kids are using "oh snap!" or SNAP!

Nancy C said...

Be kind, It's an attempt:

Farcebook
Lifestyles of the Rich and Howdareyoustealmyyouth.

lisleman said...

I accept all suggestions within my sense of decency which would not work for superbowl ads.
I like the "howdareyoustealmyyouth" thanks

lisleman said...

I've never heard that one. Is that a replacement for oh shit.

lisleman said...

Item B - LOL I guess that says a lot about his skin treatments.

lisleman said...

oui - a french word/expression would be great.
You don't mean Tina Fey - she's still looking good to me.

lisleman said...

A+ for extra effort - #6 is already used for those embarrassing accidents - isn't it?

lisleman said...

how about overthehillpush?
Best one I heard about the "hill" was that when you reach the top you can see back really far.
thanks

greeneyedmomster said...

He was white their entire lives. They were shocked when they saw pictures of him as a kid as an African-American. I kid you not.

lisleman said...

you probably agree - before and including Thriller - he was great.
Too bad he sorta went downhill after that. My oldest daughter was a big fan and a few months ago I found her Thriller album and mailed it to her (she lives out of state).

elementalmydear said...

a boomerbummer moment

lisleman said...

that's got a good sound to it. Try it after a bottle of wine.

JamesW said...

I believe that what you are describing is a moment of "decrepitization". I suggest that this term, and this term only, be used from now on to describe these circumstances. And that anyone who writes, speaks or even thinks this term for this moment forward send me a nickel on PayPal.

briantmiller said...

kinda like a check engine light...lol.
nievity...
cantfoolmyselfanylonger phenomenon...
sheisthesameageasmeandhashadnumerousplacticsurgeriessoicantimaginewhatilooklike moment...

lisleman said...

that last one is a little long

lisleman said...

do I get 20% ? some type of ization would sound almost scientific.

dave hambidge said...

An interesting challenge! A slight digression; the phenomena happens to me every 10 days or so when I have my hair cut. The few follicles working on my temples produce pure white hairs, it makes me look ancient. They seem to be less prominent after a couple of days.

Which is another feature of Lisleman's phenomena, having had this horrible realisation of the passage of time, we carry on as if it hadn't happened.

In medicine, a syndrome or feature is usually named for the first person to describe it in the world literature, so I propose we call it "a Lisleman Moment".

dave

mrsblogalot said...

You're only as old as your candles!!!

Love Faded Glory!

oceangirl415 said...

I am experiencing the opposite when I see Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore are in my age group, I go oh I'm not old yet.

Do you know how old is Harrison Ford? You are young. How old are you again?

We Malay don't speak you know, we borrow other people's language, but it would go like this alamak!dahtuarupanya.

TechnoBabe said...

I'm thinking "Look in the mirror".
Of course this happens to me over and over. I will see someone and think they look old and then it comes out that we are close in age, damn!

nothingprofound said...

Aging-it happens to all of us if we're lucky.

lisleman said...

yes the alternative is not so lucky

lisleman said...

You mean you don't have one of those special mirrors that firm your look and add a glow to your tone?

lisleman said...

I'm older than the women on your list (BTW - Demi is the oldest of them) but younger than Han Solo aka Harrison Ford. I was surprised that he is this old. He was born in 42. I also discovered he was born in Chicago.
It's interesting that in your list I would have guessed that Julia Roberts was the oldest.
thanks

lisleman said...

good but what happens when your candles burn down?

lisleman said...

Wow now that would be cool - Lisleman Moment
Also wow - you get your hair cut every 10 days or so??
I like letting mine grow awhile longer (notice that it's growing sideways in my little comment pic) and even then I'm reluctant to get it cut. Just before cutting it I start thinking about growing a pony tail but I've never had one.

dave hambidge said...

If I let it grow any longer it starts to curl worse than shirley temple! I used to have full beard and moustache; now that does cause a Lisleman Moment.

Stillthinking said...

I just had that moment myself. I audibly gasped at the thought that Jennifer Grey is turning 50. I remember when I saw Dirty Dancing as a kid and she was in her early twenties. Now Patrick Swayze is dead and Jennifer is 50. GASP. I am old.

Here are my suggestions:

1. GASP! It's been that long?
2. What have I done with my life since I saw that movie?

lisleman said...

I'm so glad to inform you that you have gotten older. Maybe not noticing the years means you were having too much fun.

minzesm said...

yes, it's a "nice" way of saying oh $h!+

redheadranting said...

"Reality" is by far the most descriptive. What I hate even more is when they start to get younger than you. I know I am younger than a lot of celebrities out there but they started to lie which means I have to start lying and I suck at math so the odds are really good that I am going to blow the lie.

lisleman said...

I hope you don't mind a few vulgar words up here once in awhile. Maybe I've watched too many cable shows.

lisleman said...

I don't remember who I heard this from but it sounded logical to me. You should tell people you are older than you are. Because then they say wow you look good/young. So if I told someone that I was 80, they would think I'm a great looking guy for 80.
Really though the lies just get you deeper in trouble.

minzesm said...

Not as all :). Nothing wrong with it.

secretagentwoman said...

I can't think of a word for it, but it sure happens all the time.

BTW, I think "Oh, snap" means more "burn" than "oh shit." It's what you say when someone has just made a cutting remark to someone else.

Anna said...

Time stamped!!! Brilliant! :)

lisleman said...

thanks for the comment. So we all got time stamped when Peter Graves died the other day.

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