Step Back in Time features community news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 31, 1984

Technological jargon from the computer age that creeps into the English language does not necessarily spell the end to clear, concise communication local language experts said Sunday.

Words such as "interface" and "user-friendly" were first coined to describe computer functions, but occasionally crop up in everyday speech and writing. When used in the right context they add meaning, local professors said.

New words are always being introduced into the language, and each profession has its pet terms which often seem incomprehensible to the average reader said Harry Bloom, a SUCO English professor.

If readers find computer terminology baffling and complex, they should realize that a great deal of "unnecessary mystification" is taking place, Bloom said.

George Test, a SUCO professor of English and journalism agreed. Test said one measure of a new word's is how long it remains a part of everyday speech.

Most professors agree that when a term begins to become a cliche, another word should be found. "Maybe the first time someone used 'interface' or 'feedback' it was wonderful," said Stan Konecky, a philosophy professor at Hartwick College.

Other computer words include networking, floppy disc, mode, software, hardware, databases, byte, accessing, and downtime.

50 years ago

Dec. 31, 1959

DELHI _ Delhi and Walton will be represented at the Cotton Bowl Classic between Syracuse University and the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas New Year's Day, by two Syracuse University students, both natives of Delhi.

John Hughes, son of Delhi Fire Chief Howard Hughes and Mrs. Hughes, who packs a hot trumpet, and is a member of the Syracuse University Marching Band of "100 Men and a Girl," left Syracuse Monday and arrived in Dallas yesterday. The band will march in the colorful Cotton Bowl parade, and during half-time of the game of the year, will execute fast-moving drill numbers and intricate formations.

William Dodds, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dodds of Walton, and a former Delhi boy, also made the trip.

New Year's Day, the Syracuse Band, under the direction of Maurice W. Smith, will lead off the half-time show of the nationally televised Cotton Bowl game with a colorful "Atom Split" formation, followed by a series of popular dance routines featuring the band's internationally celebrated twirler, Janet Kay Smith.

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