Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
   An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Phone:  203-740-8140


The Language of Brookfield Past

Many of the words and phrases used in times past reflected who we were as a people at that time.  Many of those words and phrases are no longer used because they do not reflect who we are today.  Many of those words and phrases are used today but have taken on an entirely different meaning.  The following is a collection of words and phrases that people from Brookfield remember hearing or actually using, and their original meaning.

I. Many of the words and phrases we used were originally nautical terms:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. Many Farmers used words and phrases that were become part of our vocabulary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. Other words and phrases were born out of our childhood Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

IV. Some words and phrases originated from various work practices:

 

 

 

 

      Saint Dunstan pulling the devil’s nose. The pub was nicknamed “The

      Devil” and was a hang out for lawyers. When a client went to the

      lawyer’s office they were told to “go to the devil”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Many, many of the words and phrases we used were just the American way of funning on themselves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        You keep me in suspenders – You feed me too well

 

 

 

V. Many of the words and phrases we used were just  A way of expressing emotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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