Today is October 20.
If you write that out in month-day format, it comes out as 10-20.
There is a generation of folk, like myself, who know “10-20” as CB lingo for “What’s your location?”
There is a whole generation of people, like those who came after me, who have absolutely no idea that “CB” in the preceding paragraph stands for “Citizens Band” . I have no idea if “10-20” means anything to the subset of humanity that was born after 1986.
BTW, TLA stands for “Three Letter Acronym”. I can be up on the times on occasion despite a recent post to the contrary.
BTW (again), to another group of people, namely neurologists, “10-20” means a system of placing electrodes on the scalp. There…you have officially learned something new today.
I find it fascinating and healthy that as the times move on, so does the popular slang and lingo. What was popular with one generation barely registers on the next’s radar. On October 26 of last year, I created a ceditra entry that touched on this topic of language and about the lingo of a game that kids ignore now. My random process for selecting topics to write about (which on occasion requires me to say slang like “23-Skidoo” and “bee’s knees”) pointed me to the book of questions, Know It All, by Marsha Kranes, Fred Worth, and Steve Temerius.
With what game did the expression “knuckle down” originate?
Here’s another item of childhood that the authors of Know-It-All probably dealt with but no kid since 1986 has played on a consistent basis.
I know my dad played the game as he once told me of the different types of marbles he owned – cat’s eye, agates, and whole bunch of other cool names that I don’t recall. I’m sure marbles were all the rage back in the 1950s with kids down on the sand drawing circles and going down on their knuckles to get their best shot. But when is the last time you heard of a kid today playing marbles.
Yes, I know there is a World Marbles Championship held in Tinsley Green in England, but those are adults playing.
According to my dad, an interesting part of the game of marbles was that your opponent could take home some of your marbles. That’s an element of game play that you don’t see today. This is probably because children would cry if they lost any of their possessions and helicopter parents would force the winner to give back the spoils.
I’m trying to imagine what Pokemon would be like if the winner was able to keep some of the monsters he/she knocked out.
Back to 2011 and I came across this news item reporting that in addition to changing how we speak and write, the Internet may also be changing our brains.
Some might say the online world is helping us lose our marbles.
One aspect of living world that does frustrate people, the requirement of the forward slash (also known as the virgule and you have now officially learned two new things today) be in every URL also frustrated its creator. Just a shade over two years ago this week, Tim Berners-Lee admitted that the forward slash in URLs was a mistake.
I bring up Sir Berners-Lee, not only because his admission was so close to being an anniversary, but because of an interesting synchronicity to my ceditra entry. Along with others, TimBL , is working on a project called the Semantic Web. A product that is a server-side application that formats Semantic Web content is called…
I wonder how hard the marketing team had to knuckle down to come up with that name.