Terms And Words That Can Be Retired
I think it’s time some words and terms can be discarded from everyday use, for the sake of efficiency and simplicity. Eliminating these terms can save time and money.
Here is a series of rants in no particular order:
1. TVs. I cannot wait to be rid of the LCD/Plasma/OLED monikers, same goes for Flat Screen and Flat Panel. Let’s face it, all TV’s are flat now. As for the LCD/Plasma/OLED terms, I believe those should only be point-of-sale distinctions, because those are valid options for the consumer. For everyday use, it would be great just to call them TVs. I’d like to cite previous precedent: the advent of Color TVs, which needed that ‘Color’ distinction, but once commonplace it was redundant. Older TVs can be called CRT TVs.
2. Digital Cameras. The term digital was crucial some 15 years ago when these cameras launched. Film was dominant at the time, but is now practically extinct. I believe Digital Cameras can now be referred to as simply Cameras. The minority of cameras still using film can be referred to as Film Cameras, which would be an important distinction for those looking to insert their 4GB memory card.
3. Phone. Be it a landline telephone, cell phone, digital phone, smart phone, or mobile phone, I don’t think it really matters anymore. A phone is a phone, and it’s the only word you need. My personal opinion is that these category labels are more for vanity than for the benefit of others. The abilities of phones are only crucial to their respective users, there is no real need to clarify to others the type of phone you are using. Obviously companies will continue to employ these categories because they transform a basic necessity into a status symbol.
4. Next-Gen Current-Gen Last-Gen. For the 90′s and 2000′s the improvement in graphics and gameplay for video games may have warranted these designations. However the next generation of consoles will not be a big leap forward graphically compared to what has come before. I say it’s time to retire this terminology and just stick to the platforms when describing a game. Besides, games from several generations back are still relevant, and they do just fine without any kind of “Gen” term.
5. MP3/Digital Music. Similar to Camera listed above, the term digital can be done away with as it is now the standard. The term MP3 has become ubiquitous for all forms of digital music, regardless of the actual file format. In my opinion, MP3 is just a clumsy-sounding blanket term. I feel it would be beneficial to just simply employ terms like music, songs, album, tracks, and singles; just like the old days. In my opinion MP3 has a more singular nature (even in plural – MP3s) which affects music purchasing habits. People used to consume whole albums at a time, but we’re now conditioned to extract the odd MP3 when buying online. Emphasis on the older terms may encourage old-school consumption*.
6. Duvet. It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and I know what a Duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter/gatherer sense of the word? No.
7. HD. I’d like to think that when HD does become the broadcasting standard, it will be retired. It’s gotten a little out of hand, with cosmetics getting in on the act.
8. Digital Comics. I don’t mean to turn this into an anti-digital post, but I think comics should take a page (pun intended) from their book brethren. Downloadable books are commonly referred to as E-books, so why not E-Comics? It’s about as compact as you can get without resorting to abbreviation.
Do you have a term or word you’d like to see retired? Hit me up with your comments.
*Yeah there are a lot of album fillers, but a lot of great undiscovered tracks too.