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    at the grand old age

    At the grand old age of 82, it seems the Queen has decided you're never too old for a style makeover.
    Source: the Daily Mail

    Hi! I wonder how old a person that we can use "grand" and "old age" to describ them?

    And though the age of 82 sounds old to me, is it okay to remind a person of his/her age by using "grand" and "old age", especially to remind a woman?

    Would it offend the Queen if she read it?

    Thanks!

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    Re: at the grand old age

    I suspect that those who have reached the grand old age of 82 would be flattered by the recognition.

    It is certainly true that you have to be careful in describing a woman's age, especially to the woman. But there are few octogenarian women who labour under the misconception they are still young or even middle-aged. They are old, they know it, and they are generally proud of it.

    That said, "80 is the new 60," which means we are getting older, staying active longer. My 82-yr-old mother is 20 years older than her mother when she died. Anyone of the previous generation would be in a rocking chair at 82. My mother is not particularly healthy, but she and Dad gallivant across the country in their Winnebago between doctor's appointments in three states. And she still send me Old People joke e-mails.
    Last edited by jlinger; 18-Nov-2008 at 04:53.

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    Re: at the grand old age

    Hi Jlinger,

    Thank you for commenting and sharing the story of your family with me.

    The handle-Jlinger makes me think of the merry song-Jingle Bell.

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    Re: at the grand old age

    My name is Jim Lingerfelt. When I got my first computer e-mail ID, we were limited to first initial and first six letter of our last name. Hence, JLinger, for the last 20 years. My wife worked at the same company, and her name was Maria. So her handle was MLinger, which sounds like malinger, not very complimentary!

    I got rid of her shortly thereafter. She does not MLinger any more.

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