In its continuing series on trade lingo, All Things Considered is exploring the specialized language we use in work and leisure.

ATC Senior Editor Alison MacAdam sent us this first sighting (sounding?) of GPS by Deborah Amos reporting from Iraq and Saudi Arabia. 

"It’s a device that’s small enough to be held in the palm of the hand and looks like a calculator. It’s called GPS—-global positioning system." 

Original airdate 05/01/1991. Photo credit: Jimmy_Joe, Flickr

This is a piece from January 9, 1984 by Robert Krulwich on something called “shopping via computer.”

Key quote: “This morning, I am going to show you exactly what it’s like to shop from home electronically, because there already are a few services up and running.”