Ringing a bell: 11 common phrases and terms that came from obsolete technology

Long after a piece of technology has faded from use, it can live on in the phrasing and terminology it inspired
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Most technology becomes obsolete sooner or later. But just because a particular piece of tech is no longer in our lives, doesn’t mean it isn’t still with us in some ways. One of the ways in which technology can leave a lasting, but less obvious, impact is in changes it makes to the way we speak. New terminology and phrases can sprout from technology, be incorporated into our daily language and remain in use well beyond the lifecycle of the thing that inspired them. Here are 11 examples of terms and phrases many of us still use which were derived from technology that has since become obsolete.

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