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Started by mingmong on Mar 26, 2018 8:12:50 PM
Things that were a thing, but have subsequently lost their thingness

e.g. the use of the word "communications" to describe transport links, as in "<clipped RP accent> the city of Birmingham is afforded by a wilth of communicaitions"</clipped RP accent> <grainy images of steam-trains and ominbuses>

AshburtonAbove - 26 Mar 2018 20:34:06 (#1 of 475)

Solutions. One marketing wonk from brick Lane called an ITs services a solution.

The word 'solutions' word spread like wild fire. Soon you got cleaning solutions for office cleaners and so on. It got to the point of saturation where Copy's of the gentlemans magazine Fiesta were described as wanking solutions.

By the mid nought is it ceased to be

rgtstoppedcounting - 26 Mar 2018 20:40:57 (#2 of 475)

Blackberrys, according to a rather plaintively elegiac piece on TW@1 earlier.

mingmong - 26 Mar 2018 20:51:15 (#3 of 475)

A much broader use of the word "scientific"

As in Withnail's mate saying "we need to take a scientific approach" (with reference to finding some dry wood and making a fire)

Dubris - 26 Mar 2018 20:53:46 (#4 of 475)

Having a teasmade on the bedside table. A modern convenience that no longer seems very modern or all that convenient.

Verdigris - 26 Mar 2018 20:54:36 (#5 of 475)

Having a Sodastream fizzy drink maker.

cozzer - 26 Mar 2018 21:04:11 (#6 of 475)

I know a few people with a Sodastream, so they can make fizzy water without having to buy it bottled.

Verdigris - 26 Mar 2018 21:11:48 (#7 of 475)

At about 100 times the cost.

AshburtonAbove - 26 Mar 2018 21:17:13 (#8 of 475)

My gran and grandad bought a soda stream. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Verdigris - 26 Mar 2018 21:19:20 (#9 of 475)

Don't get me wrong, I was proud to be the child of Sodastream owners.

In 1968.

AshburtonAbove - 26 Mar 2018 21:35:03 (#10 of 475)

On a similar line my Granpas soda stream was purchased in the early eighties

cozzer - 26 Mar 2018 21:38:02 (#11 of 475)

At about 100 times the cost.

But less plastic. And less shipping water about the place.

BadgerDancing - 26 Mar 2018 21:57:33 (#12 of 475)

I bought a teasmaid from a car boot sale. Scariest thing I've ever been in a room with. The kettle bit works by building up enough pressure to blast super-heated steam into the pot. If that wasn't alarming enough it's sitting on a rocker switch so it rattles around like only a small pot of alarmingly high temperature water on an unstable base can do. The transition of the water from kettle to pot is done with all the calmness of a banshee being fed through a snow-blower. As if this wasn't enough, when it finally decided it had finished it switched on two blinding lights and let out a scream from the depths of hell.

Once I'd finally worked out how to switch the fucker off we looked at each other and had one of those moments where you're at one with your partner without need for words. We went downstairs and had a recuperative beer for breakfast before dumping the bloody thing in the bin.

Shadrack22 - 26 Mar 2018 22:04:00 (#13 of 475)

Sending C90 compilation tapes during the tentative early stages of romance.

Bonusy - 26 Mar 2018 22:18:17 (#14 of 475)

Not radically different to the switch to compilation CDs, and now playlists

hailesaladdie - 26 Mar 2018 22:22:50 (#15 of 475)

Using tippex to prolong the life of phonecards.

Also: phonecards.

moto748 - 26 Mar 2018 22:25:49 (#16 of 475)

Using tippex to prolong the life of phonecards.

New one on me.

hailesaladdie - 26 Mar 2018 22:26:55 (#17 of 475)

Airline bucket shops, the Ryanair of their day. Lots of cards in the window promising improbably cheap flights to oddly described charter locations. Then came the extended negotiations when you didn't want their extortionate almost-mandatory travel insurance.

hailesaladdie - 26 Mar 2018 22:28:17 (#18 of 475)

#16 the original, green BT phonecards worked by drawing a thick needle along the waxy plastic layer of the back of the card - all very low-tech. Judiciously applied tippex could quite easily trick the machine into thinking you had a fresh card.

hailesaladdie - 26 Mar 2018 22:30:19 (#19 of 475)

Those fish spas. I think they all became vape shops.

hailesaladdie - 26 Mar 2018 22:37:47 (#20 of 475)

Nouvelle cuisine and the endless mocking of its tiny portions.

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