My youngest daughter was whining about wanting help with her homework, and I said, “In a minute.”
I was cooking.
The nine-year-old kept asking for help from the kitchen table, and after a while I said, “You sound like a broken record.”
She stopped moaning and looked over at me blankly.
I asked her, “You know what a broken record is, right?”
“Ask your brother.”
Her older brother, who is 12, shrugged his shoulders, and returned to watching YouTube on his Kindle.
That left the 14-year-old, an excelling high school student.
She pondered the phrase and then said, “It must be, a … Well, I guess it has to do with sports. You know, a record … yeah, breaking a record, as in: ‘I’ve broken a record.’”
I decided not to explain the meaning of “broken record,” and vowed instead to update my expressions when speaking with this generation of kids who’ve never spun an album on a record player, or heard music skip.