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What common phrases are derived from obsolete technologies?

The march of progress has left behind a number of once-common technologies that are now obsolete. These have contributed to our language in the form of phrases that most people recognize, but may not realize are derived from obsolete technologies. Examples include "dial up" (telephone switchboards), "hang up" (telephone receivers) and "rewind" (audio tapes). Even today, we use phrases such as "dialing in" (for remote access) and "rewind" (for streaming media). This shows how language has evolved to incorporate both old and new technologies, with phrases that are widely used to describe current activities. Our language is constantly changing and adapting as new technologies emerge, making it an ever-evolving reflection of the times we live in.

  • Apr, 5 2023