Words, Words, Words

As time passes and progress ensues, our language is changing. Many new words and items were created during the astronaut years when NASA was experimenting with how to care for things in outer space. Dustbusters and memory foam came into our language during that period. I remember when I began hearing the term “blogs,” and I asked someone at the public library to give me a definition as I could not find it in a dictionary. I still have not mastered an understanding of exactly what memes are. I think I now understand vetting which seemed to have come into existence only for the past three or four political campaigns. One of the newest words in my vocabulary is the word buffering. I know it has to do with computers and wi-fi, and I know that, when the little circle is circling, I lose movement in the picture on the screen. I just looked it up and learned that buffering has to do with an area of memory used for the temporary storage of data when a program or hardware device needs an uninterrupted flow of information. But, where did the word come from? What is its etymology? Our language is forever expanding.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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