"We can't rewind we've gone too far"
And it dawned on me: we don't have anything to rewind any more. 8-tracks, reel-to-reel, even cassette tapes have all gone the way of the dodo. VHS tapes are periliously close, with digital media becoming so plentiful and inexpensive (and transferable) that tape media for the vast majority of Americans no longer exists.
- Ditto the concept of "taping" something. Even though we geezers continue to use the expression, no one uses "tapes" any more. With the advent of inexpensive 4, 16, and even larger memory cards no larger than a quarter, storage on a book-sized videotape just doesn't make sense.
- "Dropped a dime" on someone lately? Hell, can you even find a pay phone any more? Gather 'round children, and let kindly Uncle Jay tell you a story about the old days. Way back in the dawn of time (early 1980s), people just didn't have cell phones. I know it's hard to believe, but there were these devices called "pay phones" that people would use to make phone calls when outside of their homes. You would insert a dime and make a local call, and - wait, where are you going...
- Speaking of phones, why do we still "dial" the phone when there's no more dial? Shouldn't we button the phone? Ditto waiting for the dial tone.
- "Just the fax, ma'am" - with scanners, e-mail, etc., does anyone fax anything any more? I can't think of a word processing program or spreadsheet program that doesn't go direct into e-mail, and anything that could be sent by fax can easily be handled so much faster and clearer electronically, that it's hard to imagine anyone using a fax any more.
- "Stop the presses" - while we still do in fact have printing presses for newspaper, the media is dead. It may be in the death throes for a while longer, but the days of the daily newspaper are coming to a close. Paper media is expensive, wasteful, and slow - it's the information transfer of the past...
- When someone blows something under pressure, we still call it a choke, even though the only things with a choke these days are lawn mowers. The days of manual forced flow restriction to start an internal combustion engine are long gone.
- "Remote control". Remote control was only "remote" for a short period of time. It's actually "radio" control - meaning wireless - as opposed to the controls being on a tethered line.
- TV Dinners. Man, remember when eating in front of the television was a rare treat, rather than something you do every single night? (actually, we don't allow the TV on during meals, but we're the exception to the rule).
What other phrases can you think of that haven't stood the test of time?
That is all.