When Words Lose Their Meaning

June 3, 2009

OK, this is a random thought.

But I was reading a document that used the term clockwise.

For generations we have known what that means by referring directly to the literal usage of the term.

But what about our kids?

I know that in my family, we don’t have an old analog clock anywhere in the house, they are all digital. Our cellular phones? digital, the clocks in our cars? the computers we use?. You name it –  all digital.

For my kids, there is no literal usage of the term clockwise.

So what happens?

Does our lexicon just lose that word?

Or will it morph into some word that no longer has relevance, but still is used to identify that concept of moving in a circle from left to right?

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