The Evangelical Universalist Forum

In defense of geezers

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old together.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science, which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes.

We are probably considered old fashioned and outdated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride, and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America; we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.

We know the words to the “Star Spangled Banner,” “America,” and “America the Beautiful” by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you should have read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies” from your college professors. You youngsters need to taste socialism and see evil face to face to understand you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2016 we took back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like, but we get where we’re going, and in 2020 we’re driving to the polls again by the millions.

So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor your country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Brigade.”

Footnote: This is right on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this still great county.

Can you feel the ground shaking??? It’s not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE .

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Last week down our alley came a toff
Nice old geezer with a nasty cough
Sees my missus, takes his topper off
In a very gentlemanly way

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That was a purely whimsical comment Dave. Geezer has a slightly different meaning in the UK. The word comes from the old term for an actor in a play in a folk drama. That was ‘guiser’ – or someone wearing a ‘guise’ or a disguise. It’s pronunciation morphed from ‘guiser’ to ‘geezer’ when it was taken up into the lexicon of London’s cockney’s. A ‘guiser’ was originally a member of London’s criminal fraternity who would wear a disguise when engaged in acts of burglary. And because London’s criminal fraternity pride themselves on being good to their Mum’s, and lovely boys at heart etc…, geezer has come to mean something a bit more like the American ‘dude’ over here. Hence we refer to a ‘swell guy’ as a ‘diamond geezer’.

So I had to take a second look at this thread. I didn’t realise that ‘geezer’ had a different meaning in the USA. I think the equivalent in contemporary English must be the term ‘Gammon’ – these are men of a certain age, and certain political leanings who regularly go pink with rage – gammon pink – when bemoaning the state of the world :wink:


Typical comment from an Englishman, Dick, assuming to pontificate (express one’s opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic) on behalf of all the peoples who come from the British Isles.

Scots (my generation at least), use the term “geezer” when referring to an old man (never an old woman), but always in a non-pejorative way. “I helped an old geezer across the street this morning, Mam”, I might have said to my mother. She would have replied, “that was kind of you, son, I’m proud of you”.

“Guising”, on the other hand, has nothing to do with the term “geezer” despite the apparent similarities in speech. It has everything to do with wearing a disguise. As a boy, on every Halloween I would go out guising along with nearly all the other children in Scotland in those far-off days. It required dressing up in a “disguise”, typically old clothes (e.g. a worn-out jacket and trousers of my father’s, worn back to front) and blackening my face with soot from the chimney. Then we would visit houses in the neighbourhood and be welcomed inside. We were given “treats” such as an apple or orange or a chocolate bar. Occasionally, we received cash - a “tanner” (sixpence) or a “bob” (shilling), even a “florin” (a two shilling piece) or a “half a crown” coin (worth two shillings and sixpence), a small fortune in those days. Before we could receive any treats we had to take part in “bobbing for apples” and eating treacle-coated scones hanging by strings from the ceiling with our hands tied behind our backs.

Those were the days, Dick. Being an Englishman, they must sound very foreign to you. Pity, just as I am sad that my children growing up in Canada were never able to experience the joys of “guising”. Instead, dressed up as ghosts or wearing silly store-bought costumes, they would go from house to house shouting “trick or treat” and hold out their pillowcases to be loaded up with candies and only the occasional tangerine. What a shame.


Fair point :smiley: And atually it’s not true about the cockney criminal slang. I made that up as a joke :wink: But in London a geezer is a ‘good bloke’ - it can be an old person (a nice old geezer, but not a cantankerous old git) or just a ‘geezer’ (the slang dictionaries do claim that it came from ‘guiser’ but nothing further.

I am a bit younger than you but I do remember tannerss, bobs, florins, and half crowns well. I still have one of each and a ten bob note and a pound note (along with some farthngs and silver threepennies, I’ve also got both a Scottish and an English Shllng which my Scots Granny gave me.

When I was growng up in London we didn’t do guising at Halloween - which is a shame beaue it sounds like great fun. But we did do Bob apple and the game where you have to eat suspended apples with your hands tued behnd your back at the first Halloween Party I attended. But most of the fun was on Guy Fawkes Night. Yes Trick or Treat only started here in the mid 1990s - and I had no idea what was going on the first time I had the knok at the door.

Bless you for the memories and for bringing bak my fond memories :slight_smile:

Everythng I said about ‘gammons’ was true however! :smiley: