Oldie but goodie

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The phrase oldie but goodie is an American phrase first coined in the mid-1950s. We will examine the meaning of the expression oldie but goodie, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Something that is an oldie but goodie is something that may be old or dated, but is still considered of high quality or a classic. Originally, the term oldie but goodie referred to popular music that was past its time on the top ten list but still fun to listen to. Today, the expression oldie but goodie may be used to describe something that is past the point of being new, but is still something to be enjoyed or cherished. It is applied to anything from music, novels or movies to people or ideas. The term oldie but goodie was coined by a Los Angeles radio disc jockey, Art Laboe, in 1957. He used the term to refer to rock and roll songs that had been popular in the past but were no longer on top ten lists. The plural form is oldie but goodies. When used as an adjective before a noun, the phrase is hyphenated as in oldie-but-goodie.


An oldie but goodie, this song releases a sort of endorphin called, “I don’t care about anything anymore, really!” (The Daily Collegian)

Kong Classic: An oldie, but goodie, this red rubber dog toy is my go-to for almost all dogs. (The Danville Commercial News)

She obliged with Jingle Bells done to alternately fast and slow tempo, With One More Look At You from the movie, A Star Is Born, and Rodgers-Hart’s oldie but goodie I Didn’t Know What Time It Was. (The Philippine Star)


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