an old person with unchanging outdated or old fashioned ideas, habits and life style (usually in the phrase “old fossil”),
an old fossil
When I talk about gramophones/phonograph and fountain pens, my six-year-old grand-daughter, Sahi, looks at me in such a way that makes me feel I’m an ‘old fossil’.
The times have changed so fast that the terms such as ‘manners’, ‘politeness’ and ‘modesty’ have become obsolete and people still die to keep them alive are looked down upon as ‘old fossils’.
Some people believe that there is nothing shameful in being “old fossils” so long as you lead quiet, healthy, normal and pleasant lives and those who mock at you now eventually become ‘old fossils’ themselves.
For a quiz to know whether you are an old fossil, please click here, for an article that mentions ‘old fossils’ in the real sense and ‘old fossil’ in reference to a living person becoming old, please click here, for an amusing article that shows us how this phrase ‘old fossil’ is used in our daily life, please click here, for another article that uses the pun ‘takes an old fossil to know one’ that refers to a very old living person and a very old real fossil, please click here and for an interesting article by an ‘old fossil’ about the lively, fast-faced and internet influenced young generation, please click here.
(a fossil of an animal that lived very long ago)
The original meaning of this word is a hardened part or print of an animal or plant that has been preserved (kept or stayed without spoiling) in the rock, ice or soil. Scientists and historians base their observations on the life in the past by studying these fossils, and even make images of the life in the very very past; the best example can be the images of dinosaurs. For a news article that reports of the oldest real fossil, the remains of some living thing some millions of years ago, please click here.
BC Kumar, an English Language Teacher, taught in numerous countries including Ethiopia, Oman and India, shares his knowledge and passion for the English Language.
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