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I probably represent obsolete habits as I seek a paper-bound dictionary to look up difficult nouns like the one in the title. There’s still a working rotary phone hanging on my kitchen wall! I’m musing nostalgically, as my communication forms are changing.
Call me a “late adopter,” but I’m finally texting on a brand new iPhone. I can see already that brevity is the new communications mode . . .
Dip Into a Book of Essays
Anna Jane Grossman penned Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. The contents alone cover four pages, from a brief entry on “Adult Book Stores,” and concluding ripostes on “Wristwatches” and “Writing Letters.”
Grist for the Conversational Mill
I was not surprised by headings like “Appendicitis Scars” or “Girdles” or “Hotel Keys.”
But the author riffs on “Getting Lost” and “Keeping Plans (and Making Dates)” in funny but plaintive commentary.
At Grossman’s website ObsoleteTheBook, you’ll find young French school children trying to figure out record players and floppy discs. She also links to Newsweek’s quick overview of “What the Internet Killed.”
CDs On Their Way Out?
Luckily, Karen Y. has three children in their twenties who can help her figure out how to hear the Black Eyed Peas on her new tiny purple cell phone.