Keeping Up with Jargon and Technology for Small Business

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Eglaf…A word that has no meaning, and our changing times according …Urban Dictionary

 

 

Have you heard of the word, Masterdating

No, it’s not what you might think. According to Urban Dictionary and Daniel Dalton staff writer at BuzzFeed, it means, When a person (typically a guy) goes out to see a movie, or visits a theme park, or a place otherwise mostly occupied by couples or friends, but does this alone. How about,

Beerboarding, (n), it’s defined as extracting information from a colleague by getting them drunk and asking them questions.

Here’s another one…Internest, (n), the cocoon of blankets, duvets and pillows you gather around yourself while spending long periods of time on the Internet. That sounds like a great Sunday in bed to me! 

I recently came across these words and as I spoke with my 13-year old daughter I realized how easily one can feel disconnected to the world around you just with modern-day language and terms. She was very quick to remind me that I was not “hip” enough to use various words and that just like some words are not “age appropriate” for her the same goes for me at the age of 51. 

She had a point…I must continue to learn to as terms and technology change.

Of all the language terms and changes over the past 20+ years I would say technology is the most challenging. 

Terms like: “Surfing the net”, “Instant Message”, and asking the question, “How much memory do you have?” Are things my mother would have no clue about today.  It really is a different language we have all had to learn and some of us are more challenged then others. 

Along the way, I have come up with a few tips that have helped me stay engaged and “plugged in”. 

Stay “Plugged In”

First of all, I do my best to stay current with my cell phone features.  That alone is huge!

The idea that this small device that I carry with me everywhere allows me to watch television, listen to music, write, read, talk, create, can map out where I need to go, and endless other things 24/7 is simply genius! Just a few of our generations past had no clue this was even possible.

I was once a diehard Blackberry lover who wore blinders on about other options and alternatives.  Today, I listen to my competition and I am not so-called “married” to my carrier or my cellphone brand.  My loyalty is to my family, my hard-earned dollar and myself.  I read-up on all the latest features and benefits and stay very focused about what is important to me.  I don’t allow all the bells and whistles to drive my decisions. 

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