Kids really are dumber these days. I can prove it.
Once upon a time, a young woman I know needed to attend a funeral for her grandmother. First thing she did, upon barging into Grammy's house (where they would be staying) was to peer, horrified, into the refrigerator. No bottled water!
Her mother had to talk her down. "Grammy doesn't HAVE bottled water."
Then where does she get her water from? Not the faucet!!??
I said, "Lavinia, do you know where the water in the bottles comes from?"
She said, "Mm, yeah... It comes from... Pristine."
"Not likely," I answered. "The water most likely comes from a municipal source."
Whew, rude. I said, "Do you know what 'municipal' means?"
"Yeah, sure, I do," she replied, a little testily.
"Well, then, what does it mean?"
"It's um, oh... When the water... hmmm."
"What does 'municipal' mean?"
"I know. It's, um..."
"It's, um... Bus."