Verboticism: Pretechnology

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Etymology: old-fashioned (no longer current or common; not modern) + technology (the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes)

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Stereolith

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: ster'/e/o/lith

Sentence: Jacob cringed in embarrassment at every soccer game. When would his parents get rid of that stereolithic camera they had and get with the digital age? It was completely humiliating... especially when the flip flash blinded his teammates just as they tried to score a goal.

Etymology: stereo - three dimensional (as in stereoscopic photography & stereotype print); also stereophonic sound reproduction + monolith - something formed of a single slab of stone

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COMMENTS:

Innovative etymology and word. Well done! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:03:00

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Passéimperfect

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pas say im pur fect

Sentence: Young Billy adored his grandfather and loved it when the old geezer told him stories about the passéimperfect. He knew his grandpa made this stuff up, but he loved to hear about the good old days anyway and in particular about the ancient tools they used. He regaled Billy with yarns about how his phone had numbers that went round and round when he stuck his finger in the holes for each set of numbers. Grandpa also told him about watching tv shows on the one channel in black & white and for some reason you needed a rabbit's ears to see the tiny picture better. (As if!) He also told him of cooking without using a microwave (yeah, right!) and buying big blocks of ice to keep everything in the fridge cold (you've got to be kidding!). That crazy Grandpa, he told Billy that a log on was something you put on a bonfire and that a link was something you put on your sleeves to keep the cuffs closed. He said a password was something you spoke into a grill on a door to get into a speak-easy (must be some kind of spellcheck for voice actioned computers?) Billy loved the really old things that Grandpa gave him. Like most boys his age, he loved dinosaurs. He was so excited today, because Grandpa was coming over and bringing him a thesaurus...he couldn't wait to play with it!

Etymology: passé (out of fashion) & past imperfect (grammar: tense imperfect refers to an action that is uncompleted or abandoned)

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COMMENTS:

Rrrawr! Oh no, here comes the fierce Thesaurus Rex!... That's hilarious. - Tigger, 2008-03-14: 03:09:00

All that was makes me curious about what is to come! Great etymology ... conveys the way passages from the old ... lead to the knew ... growing, evolving, better and better ... perfecting! A Perfectly wonderful sentence and word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 17:08:00

Thanks, Tigger & silveryaspen. I always thought the best name for the Toronto NBA Team was TorontoSaurus Wrecks...but no one would listen... - Nosila, 2008-03-14: 23:16:00

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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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COMMENTS:

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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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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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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Retrosurf

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ret - ro - surf

Sentence: Having only their granddad's discarded computer to rely on Delbert and Javier had no choice but to resort to retrosurfing method of finding information.

Etymology: Retro + surf

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What a lot of retrosurfing has been done here today! Great angle! Great word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:41:00

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Cunidat

Created by: skeeterzirra

Pronunciation: Koo-ni-dat

Sentence: My parents have all these cunidat reels called super-eight.

Etymology: cuniform data

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Yestersurf

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: YES-tur-serf

Sentence: Having only a discarded very ancient computer, their father's first machine, to rely on Lyndal and Terrance had no choice but to resort to yestersurf methods of finding information.

Etymology: Blend of yesterday and surf

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COMMENTS:

'yestersurf - all my problems were on different turf' - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-07: 14:26:00

Oh the nostalgia ... of yestersurf and the song "yesterday" ... I'm off on another trip down memory lane! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-07: 16:04:00

Yestersurf...all my nightmares looked like Smurf... - Nosila, 2009-01-07: 19:04:00

Goes really good with yesterturf - Mustang, 2009-01-07: 22:11:00

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Exprise

Created by: Ekovox

Pronunciation: Ex-prise

Sentence: He uttered complete exprise at realizing he lost on Jeopardy.

Etymology:

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