Verboticism: Betablock

'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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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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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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Textinct

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: tik/stingkt

Sentence: The inability of any of today's computers to read the written data on the old large floppy disks have made them textinct.

Etymology: TEXTINCT - noun - from TEXT + EXTINCT - T+EXTINCT = TEXTINCT

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Rusticording

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /ruhs-teh-kor-ding/

Sentence: George totally enjoyed bringing his 8-year-old son with him to help clean out Grandpa's attic — where Grandpa had stored all of his old electronics and rusticordings. Grandpa had been an avid technophile in his day and the attic was like an obsolete technology museum. When George showed him the Betamax and VHS video tapes, and explained that they were like DVD-R's, Nathan inpected them and asked where the lasers went. Then, when they got to the cassettes and 8-track tapes, George told Nathan that they were what people kept their MP3's on, and then he showed Nathan the rust-colored tape and demonstrated how it turned. Nathan wanted to know how people selected the song they wanted to hear, and so George had to explain Fast Forward and Rewind, while his son struggled with the archaic concept. The vinyl records were next, and when George showed him the groove on the record, and explained how you had to carefully position the needle so as not to scratch the record, Nathan just winced and said, "Wow, Grandpa really had it rough!"

Etymology: Rust[ic] - iron [ferric] oxide; also, a thin layer of ferric oxide was used in most magnetic tapes, floppy disks and early hard discs (Old German, rost "red") + Recording - storage device containing information (from Old French, recorder "testimony")

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COMMENTS:

Yeah, I can no longer play my rustaccordion either! - arrrteest, 2008-03-14: 12:04:00

Will use it a lot! Excellent word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:22:00

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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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Paleodata

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: pā'lē-ō-dāt'ə

Sentence: Jose threw the remaining 3.5" floppies in the drawer with his cassette, VHS, 8-track and reel-to-reel tapes, 5" floppies and other miscellaneous paleodata.

Etymology: paleo-, a combining form meaning “old” or “ancient;” data, information

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COMMENTS:

picabomama I must say, this is nearly as good as my verb! Well done! I will probably use this word, a lot. - picabomama, 2008-03-14: 08:16:00

The throwback all the way to the dinosaur age ... Terrific word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-14: 18:00:00

Great word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-16: 17:04:00

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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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Techstinct

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: tek STINCT

Sentence: Why is it that the VHS video format is considered boring and old-fashioned, while both the Beta tapes and the Beta machines required to play them, which are even older, are now considered "retro" and "cute?" I guess the closer something gets to becoming techstinct, the cooler it becomes for collectors due to its rarity.

Etymology: tech + extinct

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Saurostinction

Created by: mokelmoney

Pronunciation: sore/ o/ stink/shon

Sentence: Hey! Johnny these floppy disk and VHS tapes are so out dated and old you must have bought them @ Caveman Charlie's store for the real dinosaur.

Etymology: Listen here! I don't mean to be rude but I need your attention. First, Happy New Year. I want to submit my own word and definition. Please Kahnumblem: noun: A build up of options where one must make a choice however it is difficult to choose one [for instance mate] option because every choice has a use and choosing may require life alterations.

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Please accept my own creation. "kahnumblem" - mokelmoney, 2009-01-08: 13:29:00

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Calookle

Lazberg

Created by: Lazberg

Pronunciation: Cal ook el

Sentence: Individ 1: "Hey, let's go to the library and rent some good old-fashion calookles!" Individ 2: "Ah yes, i totally agree, i haven't read a calookle in a while, better get reading."

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