Way back in 1997, I introduced the term “obsolescism” to refer to a term or phrase (like “dialing” a telephone) that has lost its literal meaning but hasn't yet become...
Archive for Obsolescisms
Jim Moskowitz points out that the phrase "pull out all the stops" originally referred to pulling the stop knobs of a musical organ. But stops are still in use on organs (though non-electronic organs are relatively rare), and the phrase may again be more a metaphor than an obsolescism. The search continues. (Last updated: 10 […]
I recently heard an anecdote that involved a teenager seeing a rotary telephone and not knowing what it was. Similarly, there's a funny scene in the movie In and Out in which a supermodel runs afoul of a rotary phone. In both cases, the idea was that although rotary telephones still exist, they've been largely […]