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Go ahead and swipe; it’s kewl now!

Country Roads

December 26, 2011
Arvid Huisman (huismaniowa@msn.com) , The Daily Freeman Journal

While paying for a purchase recently the clerk told me to swipe my credit card. I reminded her that when I was a kid the word swipe was used differently. Even though swipe meant a sweeping blow or stroke 50 years ago, it was more commonly used as a synonym for steal. Nowadays, swipe is most commonly used to describe the motion of moving a credit card through a card reader.

 
 
 

 

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