July 16, 2009

i absolutely love the sincerity of the ask metafilter community

We still call CDs record albums, even though very little has been released in album form since the days of 78s almost sixty years ago. I’d say it’ll be around for a while, since there’s no better word to replace it with yet. “Recorded” is too generic; you could mean audio only, depending on the context. I’d say even worse than that, when I take my videocamera someplace, I’m filming what’s going on. I’ve been trying to think of things which have successfully been replaced by modern versions of the word, but I’m coming up short.

An answer to the question How long will it take to remove the word “videotape” from the collective vocabulary?.