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'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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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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Exprise

Created by: Ekovox

Pronunciation: Ex-prise

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

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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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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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Obsoletist

Created by: wayoffcenter

Pronunciation: äbsəlētist

Sentence: Tommy feels that much of the best technology has been passed over because the majority of people are too dumb to appreciate it. He is a self-avowed obsoletist. Blackberry? iPhone? Forget them. He has his PDA and he's sticking with it.

Etymology: obsolete: no longer produced or used; out of date + elitist: a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled or dominated by an elite

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artr Fun stuff! - artr, 2009-01-07: 06:39:00

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Pretechnology

Created by: c2flores

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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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Mediduh

Created by: catgrin

Pronunciation: me-dee-duh

Sentence: They look cool, but Mayan calendars are just mediduh. I mean, can you coordinate meetings on those things?!?

Etymology: From "media" and "duh"

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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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Gadjettison

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: gadg jettison

Sentence: Gadgets evolve so quickly, that those of today, are outdated tomorrow, and become gadjettisons.

Etymology: GADGETS, JETTISON. GADGETS - machines, objects, things. JETTISON - throw out, get rid of, abandon, discard, ditch, chuck, dump, chuck out

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Egad! another top word! - galwaywegian, 2009-01-07: 12:05:00

great combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-07: 14:23:00

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Harmedium

Created by: bigveg

Pronunciation: har-mee-dee-um

Sentence: son: dad, the kitten chewed my new shoes! father: here son, execute him with this laserdisc! son: nice harmedium dad! dad: i know

Etymology: harm, medium.

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Evokes lots of different thoughts! Wonderful originality! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:01:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-14: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by yellowbird. Thank you yellowbird. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-14: 01:22:00
paleodata

stache - 2008-03-14: 01:32:00
oops-wrong box.

arrrteest - 2008-03-14: 11:20:00
A few years ago, while giving a state assessment to 5th graders, there was a passage about artifacts. Included with the clay pipes and broken pottery shards was a section on the record and the record player. I wasn't ready to accept that then, but now I'm somewhat resigned to the fact that it is so.

silveryaspen - 2008-03-14: 17:03:00
Congratulations, Yellowbird and James for the definition and cartoon, that has evoked a lot of deep thinking. Kudos to all you erudite deep-thinkers ... for your words, comments, and wonderful way of uplifting each other with these wonderful interchanges. You've expanded the horizons of my thinking!

silveryaspen - 2008-03-14: 18:43:00
Three cheers for all the fun words created, too! Three cheers for all the trips down the various memory lanes!

arrrteest - 2008-03-14: 20:24:00
Lol,, MEMORY lanes

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-16: 23:50:00
Thank goodness our memory lanes are still working. I was afraid they may have become non-compatible due to the upgrade to Windows Vista. Thank you Silvery, for showing us the way. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-05-24: 00:06:00
Today's definition was suggested by yellowbird. Thank you yellowbird. ~ James

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