#036…WORDS: “cyberROD”

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.”

                                                             [KIDz*, 2013]

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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.

“Ah loo?”


“Pra wa?”

“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.


*[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 ]

Author: John Knapp