Thursday, 12 July 2012
Outdated Slang III
“Books and newspapers will survive because people will never read on computer screens.”
dirty work at the crossroads
Discussing what a forward slash or hash sign really is (solidus, octothorpe). (It’s gone through the “remote” evolution. People used to call it the “Herbert” or some other twee nickname and now everybody calls it a remote.)
Get your finger out! (Probably Army, common in the buttoned-up 60s.)
in for trendy, popular
om nom nom!
preserved in aspic (when people stopped using aspic)
put away in mothballs (when people stopped using mothballs)
right, left and centre
secondment (They were the kind of people who called holidays “annual leave” and could say “superannuation” with a straight face. )
That’ll do the trick.
The exception proves the rule. (Perhaps ridiculous beliefs are less popular, and people are more practical. Maybe because they have more things that actually work.)
the world as we know it (70s)
trendy for trending
Twitter/Facebook is evil.
Violence is the real obscenity.
What’s your game?
Who sez? Sez who?
You soppy date!
And more here.