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Communications

Submission + - Idioms Lost to Tech (pcworld.com)

antdude writes: "This two pages PC World article reports on "Idioms Lost to Tech — Technology changes everything, from how we shop to how we stay in touch with friends. And it definitely changes the way we talk--just a few years ago phrases like 'Facebook friends,' 'trending on Twitter,' and 'I can has more cheezburger?' didn't even exist.

But with each new tech-savvy phrase that's introduced, another technology-based idiom is retired--or should be. Taken literally, most idioms don't make a lot of sense (think 'Don't have a cow, man'), but we all know what they mean. Thanks to the changes in technology, though, many of today's idioms are about to go extinct--after all, who under 30 knows what a record player is? Or a landline? ..."

Seen on Blue's News."

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Submission + - Verbed! -- Not every noun wants to stay that way. (boston.com)

Ant writes: "Boston reports words and phrases like "friend, Google, TiVo, log in, contact, barbecue (BBQ), unlike, concept, text, Photoshop, leverage, party, Xerox, reference, architect, parent, improv, transition, diligence, host, chair, gift, heart, and impact have all been declared--by someone, somewhere, whether a usage expert or just a self-appointed language cop--'not verbs.' ... It doesn't matter whether they're useful, interesting, or entertaining as verbs; to many people, if a word began its life as a noun, then 'verbing' it (like I did there) is just wrong..."

Seen on Neatorama. So Slashdotting is a bad idea. [grin]"

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