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Modern Technology: Explanations for the older generation

Updated on July 9, 2012
"What does 'Facebook' mean?"
"What does 'Facebook' mean?"
What it's called
Common misconceptions (what it ISN'T)
What it actually is
What it's used for
iPad
A bandage for an injured eye
A flat computer
Much the same as a regular computer but designed to make the users feel cool
Macbook
Literature sewed into the hem of a raincoat
A foldable computer
Much the same as a regular computer but with a higher price tag
Android
A new type of steroid
A type of mobile phone
Making telephone calls
iPhone
A 'high' phone
A type of mobile phone
Making telephone calls
Blackberry
A succulent fruit which grows on thorny branches
A type of mobile phone
Making telephone calls
Facebook
A photo album
A website
Substituting a real life for a life based on a computer screen
Twitter
A new hip insult used in replacement of the word 'twit'
A website
Stalking people (legitimately)

Encore!

Want to read more modern day translations?

Try this article about what telemarketers say and what they mean.

(If there is any 'modern day' terminology you're struggling with or if you have a good idea for an inclusion please write it in the comment box)

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    • writeyourwrongs profile imageAUTHOR

      John Crowley 

      6 years ago from Sheffield

      :-P Thanks for your comments :-)

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Facebook and Twitter are more than a website. You could have come up with something pithier there. But, I laughed about the eyepad. I'm trying to get my Mother to use her own digital camera instead of nagg... asking me to take all the photos. At least she knows what a Blackberry is. :)

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