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Question: Other ways of saying "fond memories"

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ribuck 

Customer

 22 Sep 2010 14:28 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 2:28 pm UTC 

I'm looking for a few alternative ways to refer to "fond memories". Each alternative must be no more than five syllables.

I'm trying to capture a warm and friendly connotation of positive nostalgic memories of past places, people, events etc.

The context is a website that enables people to share memories, so it's also OK if the word or phrase refers to sharing or exchanging.

Here are the examples of phrases I've been looking at:

fond memories  -- the closest so far to what I'm seeking
treasured memories  -- too pretentious, I want something more universal
memory exchange  -- sounds too clinical
shared memories  -- sounds too utilitarian, no good vibes embodied in it
nostalgia central  -- sounds too businesslike

I know it's a tall order, but I'm not seeking the perfect phrase, just some suggestions.

 

Paul 

Researcher

 22 Sep 2010 14:58 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 2:58 pm UTC 

A popular one in the UK (in the North anyway) is "Happy days"  as in

A: Remember the summer of 1976?
B: Ah yes!  Happy days.

Is that the sort of thing?

 

ribuck 

Customer

 22 Sep 2010 15:31 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 3:31 pm UTC 

Yes that's good, and I hadn't thought of working with the word "happy", but there's a complication.

Maybe it's just a British thing, but in the UK there's a lot of fond nostalgia for things that weren't in any way happy. Things like post-war deprivations (food rationing, etc) are remembered quite fondly. Perhaps it's because those things were associated with something else, such as cameraderie or stability.

So the phrase I'm seeking must itself evoke a positive connotation, yet must be capable of being applied to things like fond memories of food rationing. Somehow "happy" is just a bit too specific.

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 22 Sep 2010 16:41 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 4:41 pm UTC 

Sentimental journey.
Dear remembrances.
Life's souvenirs.
Smoke from distant fires.
Pieces of our past.

 

ribuck 

Customer

 22 Sep 2010 18:36 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 6:36 pm UTC 

"Rememberances" is interesting to me, but in the UK the word might evoke thoughts of memorials to dead people (as in the "Rememberance Day" ceremony for returned soldiers).

Does it have a similar connotation in North America, or is it a "warm" word?

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 22 Sep 2010 18:53 UTCWed 22 Sep 2010 - 6:53 pm UTC 

I have seen "remembrances" used in reference to dead people, but that's certainly not its only meaning in the US. Antique shops and scrapbooking stores often use "remembrances" as part of their names. Phrases such as "sweet remembrances" and "romantic remembrances" are common.

In the US, the accepted spelling is "remembrances" rather than "rememberances," if that matters.

 

John E 

Researcher

 23 Sep 2010 03:24 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 3:24 am UTC 

Like David, the song 'The Way We Were' instantly came to mind as the quintessential lyrics for memories.

The specific phrase from that song, "misty, water-colored memories" is my favorite part. Perhaps shortening it to "water-colored memories" would work.

 

Leli Crawford 

Researcher

 23 Sep 2010 07:57 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 7:57 am UTC 

Memory Lane (This may be a UK only phrase - not sure if that matters.)

 

ribuck 

Customer

 23 Sep 2010 14:21 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 2:21 pm UTC 

Thank you everyone.

"Rememberances" was my mis-spelling, it should have been "remembrances".

"Memory lane" is perfect, although all domain names in any way resembling it seem to be taken. The closest the domain name registration websites can offer me seems to be "forgetstreet.com".

So leli please claim the answer.

Although I like many of the other suggestions, they have also reassured me that "fond memories" is OK too. In the end, I have registered fond-memories.org. The ".com" version is taken by a handbag retailer, and all of the versions without the hyphen ("fondmemories.anything") are taken by squatters.

At some point I will use that domain to set up a website for people to post their memories. The idea is that a nostalgic memories site should require less administration than most other forms of user-generated content, because (a) the content is historical and is unlikely to need to be changed, and (b) the emphasis will be on positive memories ("fond"), so there shouldn't be too much posted that is controversial.

This morning while I was exploring domain names I found a similar website
http://www.memoryarchive.org/en/MemoryArchive
but they use a wiki format and have been offline for a few months due to spam. There's some great content though.

Thanks again to all who contributed.

 

Rob Bowler 

Researcher

 23 Sep 2010 15:17 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 3:17 pm UTC 

"The Good Ole' (or Old) Days"

 

probo 

User

 23 Sep 2010 17:05 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 5:05 pm UTC 

Those were the days!

 

probo 

User

 23 Sep 2010 17:11 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 5:11 pm UTC 

 

ribuck 

Customer

 23 Sep 2010 17:28 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 5:28 pm UTC 

Thanks probo, "thosewerethedays.com" would fit the bill perfectly if it were available to register. But I must say, that's quite an unintentionally funny page that you linked to.

It's a part of a collection of "kids singalong" songs, and starts like this...

   Once upon a time there was a tavern
   Where we used to raise a glass or two
   Remember how we laughed away the hours
   And dreamed of all the great things we would do

But they also write this:

   Speaking of taverns...remember that drinking excessively
   is not good for your health and could lead to serious
   problems and addictions.

Rather spoils the singalong mood, don't you think?

Incidentally, my favorite version of this song is this one by Mary Hopkins:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNVit7cesj8

 

probo 

User

 23 Sep 2010 19:01 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 7:01 pm UTC 

I do agree Ribuck, Mary Hopkins is the tops.

All the Best

Probo

 

myoarin 

User

 23 Sep 2010 20:20 UTCThu 23 Sep 2010 - 8:20 pm UTC 

Mary Hopkins' rendition, indeed, considered the most popular version:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Those_Were_the_Days_%28song%29

To borrow from another song  - from The Fantastiks:
"Try to remember ..."

Or "Do you remember",  "Can you remember"  (Can a ? be part of a website name?)

Or more literary, Proust's "Remembrance of things past"  (6 syllables :-( )

or the literal translation of the French title: 
"In search of lost time"

"Times tempered and true"  (I like the double meaning of "tempered"  - and the alliteration.)

"Recalled with pleasure/delight"  or maybe:  "Recalled with feeling"

Just let us know when you need a name for your restaurant.

 

probo 

User

 24 Sep 2010 06:25 UTCFri 24 Sep 2010 - 6:25 am UTC 

Hi Ribuck

I have had to suppress my innate modesty to steal the thunder from all the Real Researchers plus the Mighty Myoarin so ...

Congratulations: It's Your Lucky Day!

I have not only come up with the perfect name but I have also evolved a way of presenting it to produce a unique .com Domain Name which is:

gold-n-days

So Go For It!

All the Best

Probo the Modest

 

Leli Crawford 

Answer

 24 Sep 2010 08:11 UTCFri 24 Sep 2010 - 8:11 am UTC 

Hi Ribuck

Fond Memories is a great name and I like the idea for the site. Good luck with it!

Thanks for liking my Memory Lane suggestion, even though it didn't lead  anywhere.

All best wishes - Leli

 

ribuck 

Customer

 24 Sep 2010 09:15 UTCFri 24 Sep 2010 - 9:15 am UTC 

 

ribuck 

Customer

 24 Sep 2010 09:34 UTCFri 24 Sep 2010 - 9:34 am UTC 

Thanks everyone for the ongoing suggestions. However I have now registered fond-memories.org and am no longer looking for more names.

I do like gold-n-days and good-ole-days, but I'll leave those domain names free for someone else.

As for my restaurant, myoarin, when I open it I will call it "Con Mucho Gusto", which is along the lines of your "recalled with pleasure" suggestion. That is, if I can resist the temptation to name it Myoarin.

Regards,
ribuck

 

John E 

Researcher

 24 Sep 2010 10:26 UTCFri 24 Sep 2010 - 10:26 am UTC 

Speaking of restaurants, I always wanted to open a mixed-cuisine restaurant serving Chinese and Western American food called Szechuan Down and Eat.

 

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