Going through the file system on my 5 year old PC tonight, I just realized that there’s a lot of words and phrases I’ve shed since I first started using it…
For instance, I named one folder “Movies, Films, One-offs and Specials”
I can’t remember the last time I used the term “one-off” referring to something like a failed pilot, or a special like the Star Wars Holiday Special.
I also saw a file named “Kajigger”, which I can only chalk up to my watching a lot of Futurama at the time and one of the characters voiced by Tress MacNeille always uses that word as a generic signifier. I used to use “Kajigger” all the time, but haven’t in years now.
Anyone else have any experiences where they see their past writing or language use and have the sudden realization that one’s own idiolect has dramatically changed over the years?
I don’t know why this sticks out for me. Maybe it’s just evidence that we all are rapidly changing and don’t even know it’s happening.