It was hard to fit this into one of Joe’s categories, so I put in “Current News”. I currently hear this sort of thing in the news. Does anyone else twitch a little bit when hearing that someone or other “taped” or “video taped” this or that, or that we’re about to be shown video “footage” of something that happened long after the 1990s?
Where do you buy the little videotape cassettes that fit into your mobile phone? How often do you change reels in your digital camera? Where do you get them developed?
What’s to be the replacement term for “footage”? Bitage? Bytage? How about “video”? “I got this or that on camera (or on video)” certainly works. I didn’t tape it– but I did record it and it’s on my flash drive. If the cops come after you for videotaping them, maybe it’s because they hate outdated technology. Ever thought of that?
Do we need some different terms, do we need simply to think about what we’re saying, or should we forget and submit? There are terms and sayings that linger well past the time when their original meanings were widely understood. “Flash in the pan” comes to mind. We still might say that someone is “letting off steam” but how many today understand that a steam engine might sometimes need to let off steam to avoid over-pressuring the boiler, so as to avoid a boiler explosion? It used to be that boiler explosions were a much more common problem, so when someone was said to be letting off steam it was understood to be the more preferable among possible outcomes.