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    Thumbs down old , elderly

    hi, whats the difference between old & elderly?
    tnx a lot

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    #2

    Re: old , elderly

    'Old' is used on just about everything - people, animals, objects, etc.
    'Elderly' is used to refer to people who have passed middle age.

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    Re: old , elderly

    tedtmc:
    No doubt you are someone still in the flush of youth!

    'elderly' someone passed middle-age? I might have thought I was getting 'old' at 40, but I did not regard myself at 41 as 'elderly'.
    At my advancing years, I would consider 'elderly' someone over 75 !!!!

    Do you have a mental picture of us in rocking chairs,


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    Re: old , elderly

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    tedtmc:
    No doubt you are someone still in the flush of youth!

    'elderly' someone passed middle-age? I might have thought I was getting 'old' at 40, but I did not regard myself at 41 as 'elderly'.
    At my advancing years, I would consider 'elderly' someone over 75 !!!!

    Do you have a mental picture of us in rocking chairs,
    Hi.so sorry I didnt get u at all. what do u mean by" you are someone still in the flush of youth! " , as an example.


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    Re: old , elderly

    I was joshing (= teasing someone in a playful way) with tedtmc.
    'flush' :a fresh growth of leaves, flowers, or fruit.

    So, figuratively, as in 'the flush of youth', we mean the period when something is new or particularly fresh and vigorous.

    'old': having lived for a long time; no longer young
    'elderly' : old or aging

    As you can see, they mean the same. However, 'old' is exclusively used when referring to non-human things; and while we may admire 'an old oak tree' and the old redwood trees in California that are centuries old, when it comes to appliances, cars, computers, 'old' implies 'outlived their usefulness', 'ready for the junk heap', 'need to throw it out and buy a new one'. Because of this, rather than refer to a person as 'old', we use the euphemism 'elderly', which also means 'of advanced years' but without the associated idea of 'ready for the junk heap'!

    tedtmc was implying that anyone over 40 is 'elderly'.
    I was saying 40 year olds would take exception to being thought of as 'old' and 'elderly'
    and whereas 60+ used to be thought of as 'being elderly', today, with people living longer, healthier, and very active lives after 60, even they don't regard themselves as 'elderly' - 'elderly' is now someone 75+!

    (though to 14 year olds, anyone over 40 seems 'ancient'!)
    Last edited by David L.; 09-Aug-2008 at 10:06.

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    Re: old , elderly

    tedtmc was implying that anyone over 40 is 'elderly'.
    I was saying 40 year olds would take exception to being thought of as 'old' and 'elderly'
    David
    That wasn't what I said. I said elderly are those who have passed middle age(40-60).

    This is the definition from freedictionary.com:

    eld·er·ly (ldr-l)
    adj.
    1. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old. See Usage Note at old.
    2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years


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    #7

    Re: old , elderly

    and I was joshing.

    Like beauty, age and 'oldness' is in the eye of the beholder; and how much the joints ache in the limbs of the 'behold-en'


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    [quote=David L.;333696]and I was joshing.

    Like beauty, age and 'oldness' is in the eye of the beholder; and

    Hi , tnx a lot for all the helpful comments.
    By the way is joshing with sb good or bad. is it formal or informal. and what do u mean by how much the joints ache in the limbs of the 'behold-en'
    Thanks in advance


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    Re: old , elderly

    [quote=zohreh_am;369478]
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    and I was joshing.

    Like beauty, age and 'oldness' is in the eye of the beholder; and

    Hi , thanks a lot for all the helpful comments.
    By the way is joshing with somebody good or bad? Is it formal or informal? and what do you mean by how much the joints ache in the limbs of the 'behold-en'
    Thanks in advance
    Joshing usually indicates you are on good terms and is neutral. Not usually something to do with a person you dislike.

    The person being talked about is the beholden, and he or she may have very painful joints which the other person is not aware of.


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    Re: old , elderly

    [quote=Anglika;369537]
    Quote Originally Posted by zohreh_am View Post

    Joshing usually indicates you are on good terms and is neutral. Not usually something to do with a person you dislike.

    The person being talked about is the beholden, and he or she may have very painful joints which the other person is not aware of.


    wot do u mean by "you are on good terms" and can i josh with my boss for example if I like him or her?
    i

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