while ago I suggested that some mid-20th-century words like "dungarees" and "gym shoes" should be abandoned.
There are a few cyber-era phrases that deserve to be banished, too.
- Every time I hear an actor in a radio or TV commercial telling me to "log on to" a website that doesn't require logging on, I want to throw something heavy and pointy.
- And when I hear or read "point your browser at...," I want to puke.
- At one time, computer manufacturers and magazines insisted that there was a difference between a "notebook computer" and a "laptop computer." One type was heavier, but I don't remember which one.
If I am going to attend a meeting, class or seminar and am told to bring a notebook, I don't know if I'm supposed to bring something filled with paper pages or integrated circuits.
If I'm told to bring a laptop, the message is clear.
So, unless you mean something with paper pages, don't say or write "notebook."
Eschew obfuscation. Espouse elucidation.