Long ago it used to be a compliment when someone said: “My father is an encyclopedia”
It was another way to say that the old man is wise, knowledgeable and capable to explain you so many things he learned in his life. He is a wealth of knowledge at the reach of a question.
Today, with the new technologies available a complete encyclopedia can be contained in a single CD ROM,
When I think of an encyclopedia I can’t help it but visualize a set of several heavy books, all of the same color and perfectly aligned, collecting dust in a shelf, and when that image is compared with the one of a CD ROM, is inevitable to get a completely different idea of what the old saying used to present.
“My father is an encyclopedia”
He is squared, heavy and out of date!
Technology changes everything no doubt.