May 22 2007

Remember When

Published by at 2:44 pm under internet,random

Isn’t it funny how words evolve? Do you remember when….

  • A mouse was something you caught in a mouse trap
  • A keyboard belonged on a piano
  • A disc was something you slipped in your back, not your computer
  • A router was a piece of machinery
  • A virus was something you went to the doctor about
  • A bug was something you sprayed or squished
  • A desktop what where you rested your phone and coffee mug
  • A drive was something you did with your parents on Sundays
  • An apple was something you ate
  • A chip was something you put salt on before consuming
  • Hardware was a type of shop your dad visited on Saturdays



  • A web was something a spider made
  • A net was used to catch fish or butterflies
  • A browser was someone who looked, but didn’t buy
  • Surfing required a board
  • Chatting meant actually talking out loud
  • Spam was ham that came in a can
  • Phishing was something you did to catch fish
  • A spider made a web, not just crawled about on one
  • A skyscraper was a building
  • A flame could burn you
  • A mirror was something you looked in
  • Bouncing was something a ball did
  • An icon represented something holy
  • A snapshot was a photo taken by a camera
  • Widgets were hypothetical products sold by Acme
  • Ajax was a cleaning product
  • wii was something you did in the loo
  • A menu was something you ordered from in a restaurant


  • Excel was something you were urged to do at school
  • Office was a place you went to work
  • Windows were something you look OUT of
  • Powerpoint was were you plugged an electrical appliance
  • Publisher was someone who would print your books
  • Photoshop was were you got your film developed
  • MYOB was a way of telling someone to butt out


  1. Yes, I have been working on this list for a while
  2. Yes, I know I should “get a life”
  3. Yes, you are welcome to add your own in the comments…

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Remember When”

  1. Gregon 22 May 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Slow day by chance?

    To Quiken it just meant walk faster
    When i got the Wiggles i had to sit still
    When a blog would have been a monster in a horror movie
    When Text Link Ads were the writing of the ads in the paper
    When your Outlook was just how you viewed the world
    When the Firewall was between you and the engine in the car

  2. Megon 22 May 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Greg

    Hehe – thought I could rely on you to come up with some good ones :)

  3. Gregon 22 May 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Oh i got more

    When Firefox was a Clint Eastwood movie
    When Spyware was James Bond’s Tuxedo
    When a Tweak was something your Grandfather did to your ear
    Your Table was where you ate dinner
    Your Settings were on the table
    A Game Spy was someone watching a game
    Quicktime was just a way of marching
    Feedburner was just someone that burnt dinner
    Feed Reader was reading with dinner
    A Messenger brought the mail the post man didn’t
    Thunderbirds are go!
    iTunes were what i got when i switched on the radio
    Movie Maker was the director and the producer
    Newsgator was news about someone being eaten by an alligator
    Real was the opposite of fake
    Steam came out of Kettles and trains
    Half Life was just half the time it took for radio active stuff to stop being radio active
    RAR stood for Royal Australian Regiment
    Trillian was Arthur Dents love interest
    Windows Defender was the wire mesh over windows
    Aero was a chocolate bar
    Aim was something to do before you shoot
    Opera was about people singing
    Flock was a group of birds

    Think i done now
    (sorry my firefox playing up if you got this already)

  4. Megon 22 May 2007 at 4:40 pm

    And you reckon I’m having a quiet day 😉

  5. Gregon 22 May 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Nothing else for it – guess i will have to go back to work this week!

  6. Matt Vaporon 22 May 2007 at 6:59 pm

    LOL, gosh how things have changed 😛

    I also like:

    When a Notebook was something you wrote in
    When HP was a sauce
    When BlueTooth meant a trip to the dentist
    When Wireless was a radio
    When a Mobile was something you hung above a cot

  7. Megon 22 May 2007 at 8:03 pm


    They’re great too (though surprised you remember that a radio was referred to as a wireless – you must spend time with your grandparents) :)

  8. Matt Vaporon 22 May 2007 at 8:15 pm

    lol, perhaps 😛

  9. coachon 22 May 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I just had to keep thinking about this until I got at least one

    When Palm was part of your hand
    When a hub was part of a wheel
    When a laptop was somewhere to rest your dinner while watching TV
    When Windows were just for looking through
    When Bill Gates was a nerd…no wait… a poor nerd

  10. Megon 22 May 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Coach

    Just when you think there couldn’t be any more….. thanks :)

  11. Gregon 22 May 2007 at 8:56 pm

    And then there was more …

    When consumer generated content was throwing out your scraps in a plastic bag so the dogs didn’t smell it in the bin

    A Floppy was disappointing and/or ego crushing

    When Big Blue was just a nickname for the New York Giants football team & Superman

    When Robert Redford didn’t try and make every movie’s theme a metaphor for life and integrity

  12. Megon 22 May 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Hehe – what have I started….

  13. mooinesson 23 May 2007 at 12:18 am

    Wow that’s an impressive effort Meg. I hesitate to ask how long did that take you.

  14. MorganLighteron 26 May 2007 at 11:41 am

    Meg – Very clever of you and the other commenters. How we’ve all morphed the English language. Imagine how bastardized it will be 50 years from now. Here’s another one for your list. “Fag” originally meant to get tired, or to wear yourself out. Later on it became the slang word for a cigarette. “Fagot” originally described a bundle of sticks, or iron rods, tied into a bundle.

  15. Megon 26 May 2007 at 2:14 pm


    Actually, not all that long, but putting the links in was a bit of a pain!


    Yes, I guess there’s new ones cropping up every day.

    I learn new ones from my kids too – like “phat” which is good, and “gay” to describe something which is stupid, or dumb (like an idea or concept).

  16. Willon 29 May 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Morgan, re “faggot”:
    On a trip last year to the UK, I was chatting to someone in a pub, over lunch – and he mentioned casually how he loved faggots with chips and gravy.

    It certainly caused me to pause for a few moments. The friend I was with (who’d been living in the UK for a few years) cracked up and said “It’s not what you think”.

    Meg & Greg: Great collection here :)

  17. Megon 29 May 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Will – I daresay that one would throw me too!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  18. Clay Cookon 01 Jun 2007 at 7:56 am

    Hi Meg,

    Even though we (Minti) are no longer a “chewy lolly”, we are still sweet and irresistible! 😉


  19. Megon 01 Jun 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Clay

    Nice to hear from you & good to see Minti doing so well :)

  20. Gregon 01 Jun 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Scott Adams on the dilbert blog did a similar themed entry this week Old Fashioned Words that i thought might take your fancy

  21. Megon 02 Jun 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Ah yes, some prime examples there. But goodness – 351 comments, he must have some readership!