First, The geeks of “iPod,” iPhone, and eBook opened their “DOOR” to new language… Now it’s our turn.
CyberROD – (n.) a computer-generated Rectangle Of Death that appears on your screen that means “Stop! You can go no farther until you get rid of me. Do %^$##@(&%##%% at ^%$3@@UUU%$. Consider your keyboard efforts dead in the water until you precisely obey.”
For more, go through our (hopefully unblocked) DOOR.
The world now, with expectations never dreamed of 40 years ago, finds you sitting at your desk, not typing on a typewriter, but keyboarding (not really “computing”) in front of a computer. Suddenly on your glass screen a horizontal rectangle—usually long and squat—appears in the center of what you’re looking at. You’re at a border crossing of some sort and your passport hasn’t measured up. Even worse, your instruction in how to correct things is written in a foreign language. And the answers you need are not in a nearby manual but somewhere behind the screen. Welcome to the stark new world of cyberRODs.
But wait, you have a back-up plan! You wrote down a special phone number for times like this. You punch in the sequence of numbers. A person—you later find out it’s Sanglit from Slobovenia—stands by ready to help. He finally picks up.
“Praah…blem… with my DallyFlew app and I…am…stopped…completely stopped by a cyberROD and I…”
“CyberROD,” I repeat.
“Si-burrr…Wait one se-cont, puleeese,” says Sanglit, for the last time I hear his voice.
An hour later when the rectangle finally disappears, the phone call ends, and some sort of normalcy returns, you at least have a measure of satisfaction in teaching Sanglit, his assistant manager and his manager, and his manager’s manager some technobabble they didn’t know. And you heard it first here at adozenseconds.com.
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*[Knapp’s Internet Dictionary The added “z” allows you to do a SEARCH for our other neologisms without the distraction of see “kid” used in other contexts ]