Archive for April, 2007

How times change!

Happy April

I thought we’d have some fun comparing our automatic understanding of words in the technological age we now live in with that of a world less than a generation ago.

Here are just twenty meanings of words twenty years ago, back in the latter half of the 1980s:

  • An application was for employment
  • A programme was a television show
  • Spam was meat
  • Windows were something you hated to clean
  • A keyboard was part of a musical instrument
  • When you clicked it meant you got on with someone
  • A cursor used profanity
  • A sand box was something your kids played in
  • Memory was something you lost with age
  • Navigation was the territory of trained pilots
  • Compress was something you did to rubbish
  • If you unzipped in public you went to jail
  • Log on was adding wood to a fire
  • A hard drive was a long trip on the road
  • A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
  • Post was something you got through your letter box
  • A back up was something nasty that happened to your toilet
  • You cut with scissors and pasted with glue
  • A web was a spider’s home
  • And a virus was the ‘flu

I shared these thoughts with some people and got the following additional gems:

    Monitors were in class rooms
    A mobile was used to amuse a baby
    Wireless was something you listened to The Archers on
    GUI was the consistency of syrup
    Broadband was something John McEnroe wore
    Excel was a verb
    E was an additive
    You practiced Latin in a forum

Please join in and share any extra ones with us that you come up with…

And, as we head towards another festive holiday, happy Easter to everyone.


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