Don’t step in the Shinola!

represents how the internet and social media have made for 24/7 info and news and the end of the phrase "stop the presses"?!?!When I was a kid the phrase “Stop the presses!!” was well known. I used it in my vernacular in all sorts of ways:

To display a happy surprise, “Stop the presses! It’s finally stopped raining!”

To my little brother, “YOU got…a…date?!! Stop the presses….” (Sarcasm was used as a second language in our home.)

This reminds me of the time I took my kids to a Sock Hop. One of my daughters mentioned how much she enjoyed the party decorations and commented that she’d especially like the “big black CD’s” that had been stapled to the walls. That’s the moment I realized that my kids had absolutely NO idea what a record was and that the phrase “two turntables and a microphone” would be completely lost on them. WEIRD.

I think it’s basically the same concept when it comes to stopping the presses. Kids today probably won’t know this phrase unless they work with a printing company (which, by the way, I have a fabulous commercial printer if you need one!). Do we need print? Absolutely! I think “stop the presses” means to stop printing the newspaper because something new, exciting and super important has happened and needs to be added to the news before it’s distributed to the masses.

These days, when something like that happens, I don’t have to wait for the evening newspaper. I don’t have to wait for the 11 o’clock news, either. If I’m on my computer or near my beloved iPhone, rest assured, the news will find ME with little to no effort on my part.

It’s debatable whether this is a good thing or not. On the positive side, I love being informed. The negative is that it can be distracting to have pieces of information pushed to me 24/7. And sometimes it can be unsettling how “smart” social media is becoming. Msnbc.com suggests news articles to me based on what I’ve read in the past. Linkedin.com suggests people that I might know with surprising accuracy.

But make no mistake about it, social media is completely changing how we communicate.

When it comes to social media, you better know your shit from shinola.In preparing for this blog post I googled “old-fashioned quotes” and “things old people say” in hopes that I could think of another example of this phenomenon. That’s when it leaped off of the page: “You don’t know s**t from shinola.” What DOES that mean?! I’ve always wondered. Now I know! And I’ll share that information with you. In a nutshell, Shinola used to be a brand of shoe polish. So it basically means that you can’t tell the difference between shoe polish and a cow patty you might have stepped in. Live and learn!

What’s your favorite outmoded saying?

Posted on: March 2, 2011, by : bex

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