Sunday, January 8, 2012

Words That Didn't Exist When I Was A Kid

My current students speak a language peppered with words I never knew when I was their age.  it's not that they're any smarter than I was; it's that these words simply weren't part of the English language.  I'm talking about words such as: cell phone, emoticon, google (as a verb), unfriend (as a verb), playlist, iPod, spam (as a verb-- we all knew what that icky canned meat was), DVD, TiVo, internet, .com, techy, and wiki-anything.  Back then, yahoo was simply another term for a country bumpkin and a net was something to catch butterflies with.  Oh, and you definitely didn't associate a mouse with a computer.
I'm sure I'm missing many words.  Feel free to add in the comments section any words you hear a lot now that didn't exist when you were a kid.

1 comment:

  1. My parents had the same problem with my generation. When my kids start speaking that way I just feign deafness until they talk what I do.