Do people under the age of about 30 know what it means to JAYWALK? A local flashing traffic sign—one of those huge monstrosities that screams to be noticed—warns passers-by (most of whom are in cars, which makes the message moot, right?) “NO JAYWALKING!”
And I wondered if most people today even know what that means, especially in a city that lacks adequate mass transit. We live in our vehicles; we’re not out jaywalking or participating in other equally nefarious activities.
Which made me think about other terms that have fallen out of use or have taken on a different meaning. Like….
**dial a phone?
**consider the source?
**lose your marbles?
**the devil is in the details?
**like a broken record?
**by dint of………?
No wonder the generations often don’t understand each other.
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place at all.” George Bernard Shaw