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I thought that “The Washington Post Discovers the iPod” (Dept. of Media, 12/2) was amusing and apropos to a point. However, it did conjure fading memories of cutting-edge eight-track audio and Betamax video. It also brought to mind the puzzled looks and comments of the 20-and-unders when confronted by Claes Oldenburg’s Typewriter Eraser, Scale X in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden.

While iPod is the gadget du jour, it presumably will sooner rather than later flip into the dustbin of jargon. In the future, the Post’s clunky iPod exposition may have its documentary purpose.

That said, I did read the Post’s “Who Shot Cam’ron?” and managed to grok “blinged out,” “street cred,” “beefed,” and “flossing.”

Pushing the envelope has its place. Will verbal hipness save newspaper circulation? Doubtful.

Capitol Hill