DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince hit the nail on the head in 1988: Parents just donâ€™t understand. Itâ€™s not their fault, though. Given the ways we play with language, adapt to technology, and â€œborrowâ€ old terms and images to suit our clever needs, itâ€™s amazing any of us knows what anyone else is talking about, ever. Traffic is a good thing. You used to close a book, but now it has to be turned off. Little old â€œiâ€ was once just a letter, and now itâ€™s an empire. No one would ever eat a Blackberry. Even our anatomy has had to keep up with the shifting tide. Feet? Those are now mainly for photographing and occasionally for walking.
Here, weâ€™ve compiled a list of where weâ€™ve been and where we are. By the time youâ€™ve read it, there will be updates. Not Facebook updates, just regular, old-timey updates.
We used to tumble;Â now we tumblr.
We used to clean our rooms;Â now we clean our hard drives.
Streams used to flow continuously; now they stop when we least expect it.
We used to type with typewriters; now we pose with them.
Boards used to be for surfing; now they are for pinning.
Status used to be a symbol; Now itâ€™s an update.
We used to make JIF; now we make GIFs.
We used to make hash browns; now we make hash tags.
We used to have Spam on our sandwich; Now itâ€™s in our inbox.
We used to write in full sentences, BTW; now we ROFL at anyone who does.
We used to just catch mice; now we click them.
We used to eat our food; now we Instagram it.
Screens used to be for looking; now they are for touching.
We used to eat cookies; Now we Â disable them.
A surrey used to be a horse-drawn carriage; now Suri is a Cruise.
We used to use five fingers; now all we need are thumbs.
We used to watch videos on the boob tube; now we watch them on the YouTube.
We used to go to outer space; Now we go to cyber space.
Ice Tea and Cocoa used to just be drinks; Now they are reality stars.
We used to catch a virus and go to the doctor; now we call the geek squad.
We used to drink a cup of Java; now its another language
A dell used to be a computer; now she is a singer.
We used to get excited and scream Yahoo! Now we search it.
We used to put books in nooks; WE STILL PUT BOOKS IN NOOKS.
U.N.I.T.Y. used to be a Queen Latifah song; now itâ€™s the name of our company.
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The New Jersey Digest is a new jersey magazine that has chronicled daily life in the Garden State for over 10 years.