Verboticism: Protogram

'Wow! Look what my grandpa gave me!'

DEFINITION: n. An old media format that is no longer popular or easily accessible, such as floppy disks, VHS tapes or stone tablets. v. To try to access data stored in an old-fashioned media format, especially it requires the use archaic technology and/or protocols.

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Oldfashionology

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ōldfashənäləjē

Sentence: Denise loves to keep up with the newest technology. Her checkbook doesn’t always allow her to keep up. You can imagine her excitement when the prices started dropping on one of her favorite data-storage devices. Now she is in the dumps because zip drives have joined the world of oldfashionology.

Etymology: old-fashioned (no longer current or common; not modern) + technology (the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes)

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Retronics

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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: rhymes with electronics

Sentence: What's with the retronics? You need to get iPhone 17 already

Etymology: Retro + electronics

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Betablock

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: bay ta blok

Sentence: When Sammy tried to put his dvd in Grandpa's old video machine, he found it was in betablock mode. No wonder Grandpa had heart trouble. Sammy was confused and felt like someone travelling back in a time machine...Grandpa's videos were on Beta, his music on 8 Track, his movies were on 8 mm, his tv was in black & white and his telephone had a rotary dial. No wonder Grandpa was so old...it took him ages to get in contact with the outside world!

Etymology: Beta (old video format, before VHS) & Beta Blocker (any of various drugs used in treating hypertension or arrhythmia; decreases force and rate of heart contractions by blocking beta-adrenergic receptors of the autonomic nervous system)

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Retirosaur

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ree ty ro sar

Sentence: When Mary reached 65, she knew it was time to stop working. She had become a retirosaur. She no longer spoke the language of her younger boss and co-workers. She could remember working the teletype, a comptometer and her ancient Underwood typewriter had served her well. She had used a dictionary, a thesaurus, knew how to spell; remember people's names; compose grammatically correct sentences and do complex mathematical computations in her head. The staff loved her, but found her to be a quaint walking, talking museum on legs. Yes, Mary had worked for 45 years at the same place and the reason she had been kept on this long was because she knew how to do each job well and she knew where all the bodies were buried!

Etymology: Retire (Withdraw from circulation or participation; cease to work) & Dinosaur (any of numerous extinct terrestrial reptiles of the Mesozoic era)

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"Retirosaur!" Just like the Little Red Hen, let Mary say "Not I!" It's sad we can't make the good things that are in the past, more a part of the good things in the present ... glean the best of the both! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-07: 15:48:00

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Antechwhatee

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ann teh wot eee

Sentence: the sound of the antechwhatee scratched along, every now and then receding so you could make out a strangulated voice crooning something about gramma.

Etymology: antiquity, tech, what

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COMMENTS:

What a witty clever pun! Nice one! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 23:52:00

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Hyperrelicate

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: hayh-per-rel-i-cayt

Sentence: With blu-ray technology coming on, Devon pondered if he would have to move his massive CD collection to join his boxes of cassettes, LP's and 45's, and 8-track tapes. Feeling a bit nostalgic, he went to go look for the list of titles that he had packed away in the early 90's. To his dismay, he realized he wouldn't be able to find it because it was saved on a hyperrelicate: a floppy disk.

Etymology: hyper- over,beyond + relic- an object of the past + -ate, a Latin suffix occurring in nouns

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COMMENTS:

Like you, I have all those old relics and the devices for playing them them. If I took them out of storage I could fill an entertainment center with the museum pieces and charge the young ones to come play with it! Are we just a bit relicated? Superword! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:07:00

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Betafied

Created by: monkeyhouse

Pronunciation: bay-tuh-fy-d

Sentence: DVDs are being betafied by Blu-ray.

Etymology: "Beta-" from Betamax, "-fy" ending for "make/form into"

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Mimeogaffe

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: mim-ee-oh-gaff

Sentence: Humphrey inserted the floppy disk and cranked the handle, but to know avail. He sighed in disappointment, realizing that he may never know what a graph of a mimeo looked like. His mimeograph was nothing more than a mimeogaffe.

Etymology: mimeograph, gaffe

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how sad but how true - A young guest tried to use an old rotary dial phone at our house and just kept pushing their fingers into the holes to no avail - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-14: 14:06:00

Another walk down byte-gone ways! Great word play! Very nicely done! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:34:00

Sadly, I used a mimeograph and no one knows what I'm talking about (as usual). - Nosila, 2008-03-14: 23:02:00

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Archaeologon

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ark ay oll og on

Sentence: the bit Dr Frank missed most about the old format, was the fifteen minutes he could spend cackling while running around the laborotory, before the screen would "come to life" as it were.

Etymology: archaelogy, log on

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COMMENTS:

Great word. Took a stroll down memory lane with it. Remember the first tv sets that had to warm up and then had a test pattern for hours? Can't quit laughing over how fascinated we were by that test pattern! Oh! How the times have changed! Thank goodness! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-07: 14:36:00

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Obsolution

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: äbsəloōshən

Sentence: William loved old things. He loved books and vinyl records. He had the largest collection of 8-tracks of anybody he knew. When he snapped at one of his friends for teasing him he felt bad and decided to talk to his priest for guidance. After all who would understand him better than someone who's job was based on a book. When he got to church, he found that the confessional was now a cyber-cafe with a library of inspirational CDs and lessons on how to text the priest. Instead of absolution he got obsolution.

Etymology: obsolete (no longer produced or used; out of date)absolution (formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.)

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Obsolutley fabulous! - Nosila, 2009-01-07: 19:00:00

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