In recent decades, computing has had a major influence on language. I’m indebted to my old friend Mr Wong for the following round robin that landed in my inbox and admirably illustrates how computing, computers and IT have pervaded everyday language.

Memory was something you lost with age.

An application was for employment.

A program(me) was a show on TV

A cursor was someone who swears a lot.

A keyboard was a piano.

A web was a spider’s home.

A virus was the flu.

A hard drive was a long trip down the motorway.

A mouse pad was a mouse lived.

There were others – something about a floppy – but I’ll spare your blushes with those! 😉