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Old 01-13-2008, 02:12 PM   #11
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You looking for terms that are no longer used (when was the last time someone actually said "carraige return"?), or terms that are still used whose underlying technology is now obsolete ("dial" tone)?

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:19 PM   #12
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:20 PM   #13
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How about carburetor? Or condenser? Or ignition coil?


Or for that matter, road map? Everybody's got frickin Garmin these days..................

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:20 PM   #14
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Good question...that seems somewhat blurry isn't it?

Many terms do get obsoleted by disappearing hardware, in offices, telecom central offices, etc

As an aside, it is amazing how old the legacy telecom stuff is, but that's changing fast...

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:24 PM   #15
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How about carburetor? Or condenser? Or ignition coil?

I still have three carburetors in my household: one on the mower, and two on the VFR.


That reminds me, I need to go sit on the VFR and make vroom-vroom noises...!
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:55 PM   #16
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I still have three carburetors in my household: one on the mower, and two on the VFR.


That reminds me, I need to go sit on the VFR and make vroom-vroom noises...!
Oh, duh. I forgot about small engines. I just had the carb cleaned out on my ice drill last year.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:06 PM   #17
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irregardless?
technically that's a perfectly valid word that is just more emphatic than 'regardless'.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irregardless

(B.A. in English...mostly because I used to do a lot of 'creative writing' so word choices/vocabulary was always one of my areas of interest)
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:16 PM   #18
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We still use the term "dial tone" but we don't dial any more. It's an obsolete term
You are correct; I was focusing on the "tone" part. Of course, I guess "dial" has just taken on a different meaning.

Kind of like "rolling" down the window of a car. Some six or seven years ago or so now, my daughter was around fifteen/sixteen and got in the car with my brother. He asked her to roll down the window and she couldn't find the switch. It had a hand crank and she had never seen one.

I suppose the window still has wheels or gears inside that roll, which is why I didn't mention it in my first post.

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technically that's a perfectly valid word that is just more emphatic than 'regardless'.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irregardless

(B.A. in English...mostly because I used to do a lot of 'creative writing' so word choices/vocabulary was always one of my areas of interest)

Did you read the definitions you linked to?

"non-standard" .... it insinuates it is in the vernacular, but not a proper word... like "ain't" (which is technically, also a word).

typically the word is used in a context to mean the opposite of what it means.

Regardless - without regard... irregardless - not without regard.
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re irregardless:
technically that's a perfectly valid word
I know they are adding it to dictionaries, but normally include that it is considered incorrect usage, an American dialectical form.

Similar to "alot," which is used a lot in writing and I expect will be added to dictionaries at some point soon as incorrect usage. In my mind, sticking it in a dictionary doesn't make it correct usage.

Of course, this is my opinion; the world doesn't have to go along with me.

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