Monday, January 24, 2022

Bizarre new world

The term 'pod' applied to human beings first made itself known to me when I was 'inducted' (as a volunteer) into Rimutaka prison. There are two basic unit types. There are those that replicate and fan out from a central arm. These are higher security, most akin to what you expect if your prison knowledge is confined to TV watching. Two storey, interior balconies and stairways, and small high-walled exercise courtyards.

These are referred to as "the pods".

Now though the term is in wide usage to describe how events will deal with red light restrictions. For example:

"Racing Minister Grant Robertson confirmed on Sunday that sporting events could continue under the red traffic light system, with multiple separate spaces of up to 100 people in attendance. We’re working through the logistical exercise of adjusting our plans to switch to table service for food and drink, with distinct entrances, security, amenities and totes for each pod of 100 guests." 

So where did 'pod' come from? As Sports Minister, Grant Robertson uses it all the time. Freudian?

Wellington Cup Day will see the hoi polloi ensconced in their pods while 1000m away society's outcasts are locked up in theirs.

Notwithstanding the difference in their circumstances, both are heavily subject to government control.

Keep remembering it isn't whatever-latest-virus making the world a bizarre place. It is the way governments react.


James McGehan said...

'Pod' has been used in describing a rugby team's positional grouping at the start of a
play. Small groups who stay together ; each member will have a duty to match their skills. Grant Robertson will have adopted this as have many fans who don't really study strategy and tactics and are keeping up with the jargon so as to be one of the cool guys. James McGehan, long time reader/fasn

Oi said...

Do you mean "hoi oligoi" - The elite?
Or am I confused?

Lindsay Mitchell said...

No I meant ordinary people. Marquees can be booked by building companies for instance. But if by 'elite' you mean horse owners and club members then I take your point.

Mark Wahlberg said...

"Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Stanley Kubrick's (1968) "2001 A Space Odyssey"

Grant Robertson appears to be a fan of science fiction in more ways than one......