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‘Cassette Player’ Won’t Be in the Dictionary Anymore

Ancient artifacts.

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary will no longer have a term for those plastic boxes that people used to shove sound-holding bricks into, way back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth: Cassette player is somehow being "retired" from the latest version of the dictionary, alongside actual esoteric words like brabble and growlery. Threequel and video jockey are also getting the boot, despite the fact that those are still perfectly cromulent terms as well. Cassettes are still in use at least sometimes, so this seems like a premature retirement, but cassingle can probably safely be cut. [Browbeat/Slate]

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