Goodbye ‘On Your Radar’

Early gramaphone showing needle in groove


With the state of technology so goes our shorthand language expressions. Here’s some phrases that I’ll miss and others that I’d sooner forget.

With the decline of vinyl records went an expression I will sorely miss: in the groove. In the groove meant you were with it and resembled today’s sports-derived expression in the zone. I imagine that the expression was derived from the mechanical process required to hear the sound. In order to hear a spinning, long playing album properly the needle had to fit securely in the groove. The needle might not fit in the groove because the tracking force was set improperly or perhaps the record was warped. The warping sound was amusing at times, but mostly annoying because of pitch changes without connection to the melody. I never really minded the pops and clicks. Read more..

Donald Schwartz October 17, 2011 Filed in Off Topic 3 Responses