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old codger

An affectionate or playfully derisive term for a cantankerous, eccentric old man. My grandpa is such an old codger, but we all love his gruff ways.
See also: codger, old

old coot

An eccentric or irritable older person, especially a man, whose views or attitudes are considered boring or old-fashioned. Ah, don't mind that old coot. He's just cantankerous because he isn't up to speed with the way of today's youth. I've fully embraced that I'm going to be a stodgy old coot when I get older.
See also: coot, old

old fogy

An older person, especially one whose views or attitudes are considered boring or old-fashioned. Ah, don't mind that old fogy. He's just cantankerous because he isn't up to speed with the way of today's youth. I've fully embraced that I'm going to be a stodgy old fogy when I get older.
See also: fogy, old

young fogey

A young person who acts older than they are, due to conservative and/or outdated beliefs and behaviors. A play on the more common phrase "old fogey"—and older person with outdated ideals. Primarily heard in UK. You don't want to come to the club? Ah, you're such a young fogey. I can't believe you're going to bed early on a Saturday night so that you can go to church in the morning—you're such a young fogey!
See also: fogey, young
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an old ˈfogey/ˈfogy

(usually disapproving) (usually of an older person) a person with very old-fashioned or traditional views, opinions, etc: I’m not such an old fogey that I can’t remember what it was like to be a student.
A young person with old-fashioned views, style of dress, etc. is sometimes called a ‘young fogey’: He’s one of the young fogies who write for the ‘Spectator’.
See also: fogey, fogy, old
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old codger/coot/fogy

Unflattering names for an elderly man. Old codger, dating from the mid-1700s, may imply that he is testy or crusty, whereas old coot, from the mid-1800s, indicates he is silly or ignorant. As for an old fogy, he may be hidebound in tradition. None of these is a desirable epithet, or, as Terrel Bell put it, “There’s only one thing worse than an old fogy, and that’s a young fogy” (commencement address at Longwood College, Virginia, June 17, 1985). A newer and decidedly vulgar synonym is old fart, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Phil Donahue said it of himself on his NBC television show in 1992: “I didn’t always look like an old fart like this.”
See also: codger, coot, fogy, old
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But the usefulness of his cultural reactions, too, is often muted by the creeper vines of fogyism. A Life in the Twentieth Century is peppered with the sort of parenthetical remarks your grandfather thinks of as real zingers, such as how "gay" used to mean something else before homosexuals took it over, or how "man" used to refer to all of humanity, or why can't we call "Native Americans" Indians anymore.
By the time it became popular, I was already snugly settled into old fogyism. Those of you who are comfortable with Metallica know this 1984 album, Ride the Lightning, and probably have a more favorable response to it than I.
But sometimes the drive to improve coverage appears to degenerate into old fogyism. In 1954 Arthur Hays Sulzberger attacked film critic Bosley Crowther's reference to Susan Hayward as "beautiful and exciting as she inadequately is." Sulzberger said: "I think the word `inadequately' is plainly insulting...it's extremely bad taste." Sulzberger, who hated modern art, responded to a photo of a Paul Klee drawing and Dore Ashton's intelligent review of Klee's art with one of many attacks on her reviews: "I don't generally get this positive about things that I don't understand, but I think I am going to say now definitely that I don't want anything of this kind in The New York Times again." Ashton left The Times within two years.
But I forgive him his donnish fogyism, his stubborn misunderstanding of the Columbian legacy.
The conclusions of opinion makers ranged from the usual bashing of teachers and schools to the supercilious fogyisms young people have endured at least since the days of Socrates.