2."Referring to the act of recording video as 'taping.'"
3."'Top 40.' The phrase itself still holds up because it's a top 40 list of songs, but the reason it was 40 in the first place was because that's how many records a jukebox could hold. No one uses jukeboxes anymore."
4."Roll your car window down."
5."Stay tuned. Well, we don't really need to stay tuned with a TV or phone. That phrase was used back when radio broadcasting was how people got the news."
6."People think of the area in your car above the steering wheel where your indicators are. ... However, 'dashboard' had a completely different meaning before cars. In horse-drawn buggies, the dashboard was the board at your feet so the horse didn't kick up dirt when it 'dashed.'"
7."'Upper case' and 'lower case' for letters. Letters had to be individually placed back in the days of the printing press, and there was a special case where you kept these letters. These terms indicated where in the box the letters were kept."
8."Putting regularly paired letters together as pre-made types for the press were called stereotypes. Then the sound of a stereotype falling into the press was a cliché. My favourite origin of a group of words."
9."'Rewind' as a verb in general. Like, if I'm watching a YouTube video and say 'rewind,' my younger cousins think it's weird. They just say 'go back.'"
10."In Italy, when we answer the phone we say 'pronto,' which means 'ready.' That's a relic from when you called an operator and asked him to connect you with the specific user, he would then say 'pronto' when the connection was ready and the call would start."
11."How many people nowadays know that when you CC someone on an email, the CC stands for 'carbon copy'?"
12."'Plumbing/plumbers' — pipes used to be made of lead, which used to be named plumbum."
13."'Freelance.' Comes from when knights on horseback were mercenaries — literally 'a lance that could serve anyone.'"
What other words or phrases come from something totally outdated? Let us know in the comments!
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