Wednesday, February 3, 2016

55. Contemporary Words Unknown in 1946

One of the most popular posts on Growing Up in Gettysburg referred to the slang words and phrases from the Forties that might not be understood by current high school students.

Now let’s look at a few common words and phrases we currently use  which would have drawn blank stares in the Forties. For example, if I asked a classmate in 1946 if he had seen my latest post on Facebook, he would have had no idea what I was talking about. 

Here is a short list of words in our current vocabulary that would not be understood by people in the Forties: email, hi tech, social media, morph, rock star, retro, global warming, climate change, video, meth and pixels

These proper nouns were also unknown to us when we were Growing Up in Gettysburg in the Forties: Twitter, iPhones, iCloud, iWatch, iBook, iPad, iMovie, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Hyundai, Amazon, Pay Pal, Corvette, Twitter, eBay and Buffalo wings.

In addition, there are many acronyms and abbreviations we all recognize today, but we never heard of in the Forties: NASA, TSA, AIDS, NSA, DEA, OSHA, NAFTA, ESPN, PBS, NOVA, AARP, IBM.  

Finally, text messaging was an unknown method of communicating when we were in school, and the 1,424 abbreviations used in texting would be like Greek to anyone in the Forties. JSYK

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