Thursday, December 14, 2006


do kids today use paste?

when i was young "glue" and "paste" were two different things that had roughly the same purpose. if you wanted to stick stuff together, you could go with glue, or with paste. they both did the same thing, it just depended what the art teacher handed out. then i got older. i still occasionally have to stick things together but glue seems to be the only option. at some point paste (the adhesive) went away. now all i encounter is glue. sure, there's still "paste" in my life. but these days it's for things like "toothpaste." the word "paste" doesn't necessarily refer to something for sticking anymore, it's more of a generic term to refer to the consistency of a substance.

so i've been wondering whether paste, the stuff i used to use to stick together colorful pieces of paper, still exists. was it just something that was around in the mid-to-late 70s and has since been replaced by glue? or is paste only for people between the ages of 5 and 10?