If the deaths of gifted songwriters Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford didn't get you a little teary and nostalgic this morning, perhaps this news will: The word "jeggings" appears in the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. The term "cassette tape" does not.
There are more than 240,000 definitions in the 12th edition of the COED, which runs 1,728 pages long, and the expulsion of "cassette tape" has infuriated those who still use and love them. "See if they still have the moon listed in the dictionary. I bet they do," snapped Bucks Burnett, the owner of Dallas' Eight Track Museum, to HuffPo. "Nobody uses the damn moon anymore, not even NASA."
Okay, then! If it makes you feel any better, Merriam-Webster's online dictionary still has an entry for cassette ("a plastic cartridge containing magnetic tape with the tape passing from one reel to another"). Its example sentence: "The songs are available on cassette." For now, at least.
In the meantime, remember the might and majesty of the audio cassette tape with this iconic Maxell advertisement:
- the Concise Oxford English Dictionary