9 Old-School Tech Words That Won't Die
When did you last 'dial' a number?
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2014 11:41 AM CDT
We still say "rewind," but we don't actually do it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When was the last time you literally rewound a tape? Think back to the VHS era, though perhaps you used the term when referring to YouTube today. At Mashable, Yohana Desta lists eight other terms that have outlasted technology:

  • Our phones haven't had rotary dials for decades—yet we keeping "dialing" numbers.
  • After "dialing," we "hang up." Even though in the modern era, we're really hitting a button.

  • CC'ing someone means sending them a "carbon copy," but when was the last time you saw carbon paper?
  • Speaking of YouTube: We know the TV as the tube, even though today's flatscreens are a far cry from the cathode-ray tubes that earned them the nickname.
  • We might "roll up" the car window—but unless you're driving a classic, you're pressing a button instead of turning a crank.
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Mar 10, 2014 1:13 PM CDT
The terms "Tape" or "Film" are used today and are interchangeable, although seldom are either items actually used. "The Mayor was caught on Tape" or "Film at 11 here on News Channel 2". BTW: I do have a "dial" phone in the garage. It's an old bake-light phone probably from the 40's. It's a really cool "conversation" piece (no pun intended...well maybe a little).
Mar 10, 2014 8:54 AM CDT
My 2001 Dodge Dakota is far from classic, but it still has cranks to raise and lower the windows.
Mar 10, 2014 7:02 AM CDT
G'huh! gawrsh!