Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Well, now, not long ago, Mr. Verb (over?)confidently described the noun dongle as 'now-common'. I sauntered into our tech store today and told the young woman at the desk that I needed a dongle. She pointed to her colleague and said 'can you help this gentleman?' I repeated the question to him and he clearly did not understand, even after I repeated it. I described the object, he asked about the computer it was for and handed me one (they were directly behind his and the young woman's desks). I followed up by asking if he really didn't know the word, and he confirmed that he did not. I asked what they called them and the reply was "video display adapter". I would figure that dongle is really the class is all such attachment dealies and not just this particular one, but he clearly didn't know the word. Hmmmmm.