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Submitted by Charlie Ehler (United States), Jan 12, 2022 at 12:20

While the general public may no longer use these words, a number of them are still in use in specific industries or communities.

Bomb shelter & Duck and Cover are still in use in the Military.

Bakelite is an early plastic and still used for some cookware handles, and some high temperature applications.

Bias ply is still in use on Commercial trucks and therefore still alive in the trucking and mechanic industries.

Doubleheader is still alive in baseball.

VHF and UHF are transmission frequencies and likely to still be heard in television maintenance.

Circuit board and transistor are still in use in the electronics industry.

Bias ply, bumper jack, stick shift, three speed, clutch, and many other automotive terms are still in use in the car collector community.

You can still buy a walkie-talkie at a truck stop and people still use them around job sites and industrial sites. Modern ones have headsets and are in use in commercial businesses like Walmart and Target.

Many fathers still call their daughters princess and everyone knows what a Disney princess is.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, any of these terms might be familiar in limited circles. My point is, they have fallen out of general use.

By Princess, I meant a telephone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_telephone.

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