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