All week, I’ve been trying to remember to write and say “audiobook” instead of “books on tape.” I think “books on tape” makes me sound like someone who cannot keep up with technology. In writing I was 100%, but when I went to the library’s drive through window, and was asked if my holds were books or dvds, I automatically said, “Books on tape.”
Why did I bother? I routinely use outdated words, phrases, sayings, some of which were long past their heyday even in my own youth.
Words like heyday. Does anyone still say that other than me?
Here is a short list, some of the words, phrases, and sayings which are a regular part of my spoken vocabulary:
- Don’t sass me.
- You scared the bejeebers out of me.
- For crying out loud!
- pokey (as in moving slowly)
- hanky panky
- You’re a crotchedy old man.
So why should I worry about “books on tape” making me sound odd? It may have been the most normal thing I said all day.
Now, please, tell me what you say that is hopelessly untrendy or old fashioned.