Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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In a MetaFilter thread on compact fluorescent bulbs, one person wrote this:

Not long from now, kids will be watching some old cartoon where somebody suddenly gets a Bright Idea, and they'll have to think "Oh yeah, that's what light bulbs looked like back then."

Every once in a while someone on my flist will post about how obsolete technology persists in language. 'Dialing' a phone, for example.

But obsolete technology, and obsolete culture and history, also persist not just in the language, but in the iconography of popular culture. Any cartoon image of a doctor, for example, will probably depict him with a mirror on his forehead. Have you ever seen a doctor wear one of these? They do exist. I've used one. They used to be used by ENTs; they've largely been replaced by fiber-optic head lamps. But cartoon doctors will probably be still be wearing them a century from now.

Nurses in cartoons wear caps. When was the last time you saw a real-life nurse wearing a cap? Or a white dress with white stockings? Or anything besides scrubs? Nurses haven't worn these things for a generation. Except in porn. The iconography of porn is very conservative. or so I'm told.

Or take the crazy person. He wears a Napoleon hat and sticks his hand in his jacket, right? Do schizophrenics really believe they're Napoleon? Nope. They did during Napoleon's time. Nowadays, if they believe they're someone else, it's going to be some famous contemporary figure. But in cartoons, they're eternally Napoleon.

In the developed world, farmers nowadays ride immense tractors with glassed-in cabs, air-conditioned, with Dolby 5.1 sound. In popular art, though, they're still riding on tractors from the 1950s, no cab, open to the sun and rain. Usually red.

Anything else? The drunk with the lampshade on his head? Has anyone actually seen someone do this? It's like a gag from the 1950s. But in popular art, it still means 'drunk'.

Policemen are still depicted wearing a blue uniform that's flat across the front, with rows of brass buttons going up each side. Sort of like this. What was that called? Do any police, anywhere, still wear it?

I find it both sad and ironic that the only file format that both Open Office and Abiword understand is... Microsoft .doc format. Aaarrrggghhh. Even .rtf's get badly munged if one tries to read an .rtf created by the other.

Sad, ironic. And embarrassing, for obvious reasons.



meaning: sticky, glutinous

粘り強い == nebariduyoi == (adjective) tenacious, persevering, persistent
粘粘 == nebaneba == (noun that can take する to act as a verb, adjective that takes な, adverb) stickiness

Left radical, now 'rice' (米), was originally a Non-General Use character meaning 'glutinous millet'. Right character is 'divine' (占), used phonetically to express 'adhere/stick. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Divine using sticky rice.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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