Verboticism: Defundtionals

'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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Technossil

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: tek-no-sil

Sentence: Diyan wants to update her various technossil dated between 1995 and 2007. Only recently did she upgrade to a digital camera as it was bittersweet parting with her SLR Nikon N60. At least there is still an element of art in the use of SLR, but that's way more than can be said for her gigantic desktop computer and the cob-web of wires that pour out from behind it.

Etymology: technology + fossil

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COMMENTS:

Great word! Seems so obvious to me. - arrrteest, 2008-03-14: 14:36:00

Applies not only to the byte-gone devices but to the operators of them! I'm a technossil among all my stored technossils! Outstanding won! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:36:00

Great word. - Mustang, 2008-03-14: 19:38:00

Thanks Arrrteest, Silveryaspen and Mustang! - diyan627, 2008-03-15: 11:17:00

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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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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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COMMENTS:

"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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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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Auldwangsyne

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: old-WANG-sine

Sentence: Computers, voice mail and all those other modern gizmoes were not what Bob dreamed of, he yearned for the clatter of the typewriter and the world of wordprocessors, and the days of auldwangsyne.

Etymology: The Wang Co.founded in 1954, makers of typewriters and early word processors & "auld lang syne" expression meaning "days of long ago"

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bittersweet just like the song - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-14: 14:21:00

Nostalgic! A tribute to the byte-gone ways! Has such great heart! Exceptional! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:26:00

Should ALT acquaintents be ForMat and never brought to Mines... - Nosila, 2008-03-14: 23:20:00

Very technostalgic! Does anyone remember those 8-inch floppy disks? I think some of the Wangs had those... - Tigger, 2008-03-15: 15:10:00

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Mythicaligraphy

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: mith/i/ca/lig/ra/fee

Sentence: Since no one under the age of twenty uses cursive writing anymore, handwritten essays have become mythicaligraphy.

Etymology: mythical + caligraphy

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What's in a hand? Applause for this word! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 17:10:00

marvelous word! love it!~ - diyan627, 2008-03-15: 11:15:00

Another top word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-16: 17:06:00

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Prehistortech

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: pree-hiss-tore-teck

Sentence: Billy didn't even know what to do when his dad gave him an old record player and records. This was too prehistortech for him so he thought he had to cut the records down to size to fit into his cd player. Dad quickly corrected him after destroying his first Elvis record.

Etymology: pre-historic (very old, before history) + tech (short for technology)

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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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Grampaphone

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: gram pa fone

Sentence: The boys loved going to visit Grampa, because he had so many neat old-fashioned gizmos that they had never seen before. One of their favourites was the grampaphone. It was a gramophone that played very old songs on 78 rpm records. It needed wound up all the time. Their parents were amazed that the boys knew the words to very old vaudeville, burlesque and music hall songs. They knew all the songs recorded by Al Jolson, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Edith Piaf, Rudy Vallee and Fats Waller among others. Their folks knew they spent too much time on the grampaphone, when they said goodbye to their teacher, Mrs. Jones. They would croon to her, "Toot-Toot-Tootsie goodbye, Toot-Toot-Tootsie, don't cry..."

Etymology: Gramophone (an antique record player; the sound of the vibrating needle is amplified acoustically) & Grampa (your father or mother's father; the affectionate term for a grandfather)

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artr A Grampaphone could also be that odd black plastic device that plugs into the wall and works like a cell with an anchor. - artr, 2010-05-24: 07:54:00

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Rosettastorage

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: row-set-tah-store-ridge

Sentence: Alex was fixated on amassing the largest collection of rosettastored modern media in the known world. The crown jewels in his menagerie were wax cylinders of Nine Inch Nails' "The Downward Spiral", "The Godfather Part III" presented in a swimming pool sized Zoetrope, and the painstaking and somewhat ironic translation of "The Mummy" in handpainted hieroglyphics. He would take various tour groups through the displays, pointing out the 8400 5 1/4" floppy disk download of the Wikipedia database on the left, the Russian woodcarvings of "Rocky IV" (mostly featuring gilded images of Drago as a werebear), and a series of dangerous pop-up books chronicling late 1970s blaxploitation pornography. Twice daily he would present various skits on a weekly rotating schedule; retellings of Judith Light Lifetime movies of the week in comedia dell'arte Punch and Judy shows, morality plays based on "Snow White" with wildly different dwarves, epic poems in which he related the trials and travels of Richard Branson, and on special occasions would present weeklong mesquite fueled smoke-signal presentations of Cormac McCarthy novels. His latest undertaking, an exhibit of "Norbit" on a series of Grecian urns was expected within the week.

Etymology: Rosetta stone - the large granite stone found by the French in 1799 which facilitated the deciperhing of Egyptian hieroglyphics + storage

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COMMENTS:

Great word, awesome sentence! - Jamagra, 2008-03-14: 11:21:00

Great word, awesome sentence! - Jamagra, 2008-03-14: 13:06:00

Wow!! - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-14: 14:16:00

Marvelous! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 17:58:00

Love the use of "rosseta". Great sentence,also. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-16: 17:06:00

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