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Sales tax stamp... Green stamps... Insel brick... Dirty bucks... Flagg brothers shoes... Transistor radios...
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Yes, those are unknown today, but they aren't used in common terms of speech today. I think the OP is looking for terms that are still in common use that are based on things that have long been obsolete. Example- people who have never used a dial phone will still sometimes use the phrase "dial a number."
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Abstinance.

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On 2012-07-01 11:03, Michael Daniels wrote:
Passed with ease!


Ha-ha!! Actually, I can think of at least two major connections.
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Mary Mowder
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The word Sunrise is based on an obsolete idea but People are still using it.

Too many irons in the fire, A real stem winder, not on your tintype, hanging offense, put it on a sideboard, sober as a Judge, and in like Flynn are all but gone.

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"Skid row" is also a phrase whose meaning has been lost with time. I understand it originally was a logging term.
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On 2012-07-01 13:44, mastermindreader wrote:
"Skid row" is also a phrase whose meaning has been lost with time. I understand it originally was a logging term.


That's what they say in the Seattle Underground Tour Smile

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"Namby-Pamby" is especially obscure. I doubt anyone here knows the origin without looking it up (I didn't).

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The O.P. said "obsolete ideas" not "obsolete technological items." But don't worry, I won't start in on "obsolete ideas" . . . .
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OK how about rule of thumb? You may not beat your wife with a stick thicker than your thumb. I think there are a couple of origins for rule of thumb but that is one of them.

Sunrise still stands.

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"Well you can't do much damage with that now, can ye? Perhaps they should have called it the rule of wrist?"
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We'll have to start calling you Ornery Critter.

How about one for the road? I guess I never hear that anymore though.

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On 2012-07-01 21:46, Mary Mowder wrote:

How about one for the road? I guess I never hear that anymore though.


Not since the DUI laws got a lot stricter!
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Independence seems obsolete in these days of the New World Order comming into view.
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Cut and paste?
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The whole nine yards.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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On 2012-07-02 00:06, Bob1Dog wrote:
The whole nine yards.


From what I can find, no one knows for sure where that phrase came from or exactly what it originally referred to, but it never appeared in print before 1962, so explanations that are prior to that are unconfirmed.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/the-whole-nine-yards.html
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