Damn I feel so, so ‘old’.
Do you remember when and why we did and say something our kids and grand kids don’t have a clue about?
“HANG UP” A PHONE?
Phones used to have two parts to them, a base and a receiver. In order to end a call, the receiver had to placed or “hung” on the base.
“DIAL” A PHONE?
To call someone on an old phone, you had to stick your finger in a rotating dial at number positions that would turn the dial for various lengths of time when released. You had to do the entire number every time.
WHY DOES A PHONE OR ALARM CLOCK “RING”?
Now phones and alarm clocks can make any kind of sound to catch the attention, but a long time ago, phones and alarm clocks had little bells inside them for this purpose.
WHY DO CASHIERS “RING UP” A PURCHASE?
Cash registers also used to have little bells in them. Cashiers would enter the price of each item on a set of mechanical levers, when they pressed the button to get the total, the total price would pop up in a window and the bell would ring.
THE ORIGIN OF “LUGGAGE”?
People used to travel with big, heavy bags that had no wheels or collapsible handles. They had to “lug” these bags around from place to place.
WHAT IS “CLOCKWISE”?
Clocks used to be a circular array of numbers, with pointers mounted on a controller in the center that moved around the circle over the course of the day. The direction that the pointers moved, beginning towards the right at the top of the circle, was referred to as clockwise.
Tell a young person to turn a knob clock/counter clock wise and you will most likely be confronted with a blank stare. Grin … you know the deer in the headlights look.
WHY DO WE SAY “ON LINE” FOR COMPUTER THINGS?
In the early days of computing, when one machine needed to communicate with another, they had to be attached with a physical cord or “line.” Processes that could be completed without this communication were “off line.”
WHY DO WE SAY “REWIND” FOR A DO-OVER?
Video and audio used to be on strips of tape that moved across a reader in order to be played. A gear on one side would wind the tape, pulling across it the reader from a wheel on the other side. When you wanted to re-play a section you had just heard or seen, or go back to the beginning, you had to re-wind the tape in the other direction.
WHAT DOES “CC” MEAN ON AN EMAIL?
When you cc someone, you send them a copy of your message. It comes from carbon copy, an old method of creating copies of paper documents by transferring lines via carbon paper.
Young kids and adults don’t have a clue what your talking about when you say you need a sheet of carbon paper.