Remember When ...
A computer was something on TV
from a science fiction show of note
a window was something you hated to clean...
And ram was the cousin of a goat....
Meg was the name of my girlfriend
and gig was a job for the nights
now they all mean different things
and that really mega bytes
An application was for employment
a program was a TV show
a cursor used profanity
a keyboard was a piano
Memory was something that you lost with age
a cd was a bank account
and if you had a 3 *" floppy
you hoped nobody found out
Compress was something you did to the garbage
not something you did to a file
and if you unzipped anything in public
you'd be in jail for a while
Log on was adding wood to the fire
hard drive was a long trip on the road
a mouse pad was where a mouse lived
and a backup happened to your commode
Cut you did with a pocket knife
paste you did with glue
a web was a spider's home
and a virus was the flu
I guess some will stick to their pad and paper
and the memory in their head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
but when it happens it'll be something to dread
What did your parents say when they thought something was good or great? Talk to your grandparents and see what they said. You could all bring in words and sayings that were common when they were your age. My mother thought "cool" was "neat"; my grandfather used to say "keen"! What do your parents say that you say differently today?
Write about it!!
You may say, "Words are not fun. How can they be fun? How can I play with them in my own life?"Ý
Idioms are a way to use words to help people understand, but the words don't mean what they really say. When you say "Cat got your tongue?" you don't really have a cat hanging from your tongue! It means you are having a hard time talking. If it is raining cats and dogs, it is raining heavily. If it is a dog-eat-dog world, this means only the strong and smart will survive. Mom had a cow means she was very upset. He smells a little fishy to me, this means he is suspicious.
HOW TO PLAY WITH IDIOMS !!Go to top of page
Think of as many idioms as you can. Brainstorm with your classmates. After you all have thought of many, each take one or two idioms and draw the idioms the way they would really look if it meant what it said. Everyone will be laughing. Draw all the pictures on the same size construction paper and collect them. Put them together to make a class book of idioms. A three-ring notebook is a good place to keep them. When people see it in the library, they will laugh.