My son just used the term “tone generator”. Being an educated, tech-savvy guy, I can make an educated guess that he was referring to some kind of hardware* designed to emit a steady tone. We called such an object a “tuning fork” when I was his age.
It got me to thinking about a few things.
Rockers of my generation used to buy their music on vinyl records and as a result, would refer to the newest release by a given band as an “album”. For example, a commonly heard phrase back in March of 1973 was, “Man, that new Pink Floyd album is a real head trip.”
But nowadays, if Panda has some friends over and I happen to mention how much I’m loving the new Gym Class Heroes album, they’ll all look at me like I have nipples on my forehead.
The terminology now is either "disc" or "CD". Noted.
In a couple years – April 7, 2009, to be exact – TV stations in the U.S. will stop transmitting their shows via 700MHz analog signals. This will effectively render rooftop and dipole TV antennas completely useless.
That means that very soon the term “Rabbit Ears” will only refer to either a set of children’s stories or a dirty joke involving pulling one’s pants pockets inside out**.
As a teenager, I owned an IBM Selectric typewriter. I've fond memories of the day my mom gave it to me and I was finally able to get rid of that manual, half-ton beast of a machine I’d been using. Then, sometime later, I acquired a Brother word processor and not long after that, a PC.
Ah… the good old days of holding the rabbit ears for pop while the noise of the television competed with mom’s clacking on the typewriter and junior’s screeching rock-n-roll albums.
**if you have never seen the joke performed, you’re missing out on a delightfully sophomoric piece of performance humor.