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Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understand.

Posted: 10:50 15 Oct 2020
by davie nine
These have been mentioned on media recently:-
Disco.
Juke Box.
Milkman.
I will suggest bus conductor.

Any others?

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 10:58 15 Oct 2020
by oldage
Telephone box
Typewriter
Three rings

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 11:49 15 Oct 2020
by MickyD
It's interesting that the terminology is often more stubborn than the technology itself, though. In the case of phones, for instance: pick up, on the line, ring, dial, hang up. In fact all of them - especially the last one - go right back to the days of phones with separate earpieces, which you'd literally hang up again to cut the connection and end the call. (Just a bit of info for the youngsters!)

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Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 11:50 15 Oct 2020
by MickyD
Spend a penny!

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Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 16:22 15 Oct 2020
by Willis88
May I add some more "recent" ones:

Dial up
Landlines
VHS
DVD (maybe not quite)

The floppy disk only survives due to the save symbol

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 14:14 16 Oct 2020
by MickyD
Willis88 wrote: May I add some more "recent" ones:

Dial up
Landlines
VHS
DVD (maybe not quite)

The floppy disk only survives due to the save symbol

Not to be picky, but I did mention the phone-derived 'dial' and 'line' above!

Speaking of dial-up, who under 30-odd would know the once-ubiquitous AOL? Even more recently, once mega-sites like MySpace and Friends Reunited, the latter of which I remember ITV buying for some absurd sum (several hundred million, I think it was) only to find that it was being rapidly superseded by Facebook and the like.

The innovation that changed everything, meaning that companies like Facebook could insinuate themselves into every aspect of billions of lives and make it almost impossible for them to disengage? The iPhone, quickly imitated by everyone else.

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 18:23 16 Oct 2020
by Willis88
MickyD wrote:
Willis88 wrote: May I add some more "recent" ones:

Dial up
Landlines
VHS
DVD (maybe not quite)

The floppy disk only survives due to the save symbol

Not to be picky, but I did mention the phone-derived 'dial' and 'line' above!

Speaking of dial-up, who under 30-odd would know the once-ubiquitous AOL? Even more recently, once mega-sites like MySpace and Friends Reunited, the latter of which I remember ITV buying for some absurd sum (several hundred million, I think it was) only to find that it was being rapidly superseded by Facebook and the like.

The innovation that changed everything, meaning that companies like Facebook could insinuate themselves into every aspect of billions of lives and make it almost impossible for them to disengage? The iPhone, quickly imitated by everyone else.


Yeah mine were influenced by yours, so in line with your latest post:

Yahoo
Ask Jeeves
Bebo

Unrelated:

Cassettes
Mini disk
Ceefax

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 16:52 19 Oct 2020
by mervyn
In relation to cinemas, saying to your friends, “This is where we came in”. I recently tried explaining to my grandchildren the whole concept of once entering a cinema halfway through a movie, and watching 2 films until suddenly the second half of the first film made sense as you left. They think we were barmy.

They also can’t imagine TVs in black and white. My youngest said, “why didn’t they just invent colour straight away?”

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 17:18 25 Oct 2020
by Lundan Cabbie
The modern equivalent is preparing a "playlist" within your music provider of choice.

Back in the day you selected a pile of 7" singles and placed the stack on an auto-changer.

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 17:13 28 Oct 2020
by davie nine
Parafin?

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 19:38 28 Oct 2020
by Pogleswoody
Corona delivered straight to your door?? :shock:

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 09:27 29 Oct 2020
by Frank_Butcher
Lift Attendant - amazing to think people were employed to press the floor buttons for you.

Re: Words and phrases your grandchildren would not understan

Posted: 11:13 29 Oct 2020
by MickyD
Frank_Butcher wrote: Lift Attendant - amazing to think people were employed to press the floor buttons for you.

That reminds me: I once worked at a garage as a petrol pump attendant, while running the little shop on my own at the same time. That feels like ancient history now.