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:[A sword-wielding actor on a stage addresses three others; one has a spear, another a handgun and a knife, and the third a laptop.]
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:Actor: Forsooth, do you grok my jive, me hearties?
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:Actors: Ten-four!
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:A few centuries from now, all the English of the past 400 years will sound equally old-timey and interchangeable.
  
 
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Period Speech
The same people who spend their weekends at the Blogger Reenactment Festivals will whine about the anachronisms in historical movies, but no one else will care.
Title text: The same people who spend their weekends at the Blogger Reenactment Festivals will whine about the anachronisms in historical movies, but no one else will care.

Explanation

The actors on this stage are using language and technology from different time periods, but the premise is that hundreds of years in the future, nobody will notice. For example, "Forsooth" is from Shakespearean times; "Ten-Four" was popular during the 1970s CB radio craze. Note that one actor is carrying a spear, another has a handgun and another has a laptop computer.

Transcript

[A sword-wielding actor on a stage addresses three others; one has a spear, another a handgun and a knife, and the third a laptop.]
Actor: Forsooth, do you grok my jive, me hearties?
Actors: Ten-four!
A few centuries from now, all the English of the past 400 years will sound equally old-timey and interchangeable.
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Discussion

Although "grok" might be a slang term used among programmers, its roots are somewhat older.

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grok , "Grok /ˈɡrɒk/ is a word coined by Robert A. Heinlein for his 1961 science-fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land,[...]" 108.162.219.35 11:55, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
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