Let's make a new name for cellphones!!

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Syzygys, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    If people are stupid enough to drive while using them they DESERVE the massive fine

    Not really, people still make the distinction between something which was initially designed as a mobile and something which was designed as a really small computer
     
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  3. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    Tricorder ?
     
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  5. draqon Banned Banned

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    too long
     
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  7. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    Braincookers?
     
  8. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Idiocrasizer's.
     
  9. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    In the USA a "mobile" is a mobile home*, at least in the areas outside of cities where they're common enough to need a short word.

    * That's a manufactured home built like a camping trailer but much larger. It stays in one spot for years or often for its entire service life, and transporting it is an expensive procedure involving a commercial diesel tractor-truck. People set them up on lots in rural areas or in suburban "mobile home communities" which we used to call "trailer parks." Zoning laws treat them as eyesores and generally restrict them to lower-income towns or retirement communities. Loopholes in real estate laws treat them as vehicles rather than houses so their tax rate is lower; this requires such silliness as leaving the wheels on even though the tires will rot before they're ever turned.
     
  10. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    FR, they are called caravans here. my great grandparents lived in one (with the anax being a portable on the side rather than the cloth type).

    they also ran a caravan park
     
  11. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I see. I thought a "caravan" was what we call a "camper" -- a truck/lorry with its own engine and a small living space in back. The larger version is built on a bus chassis and we call those "motor homes."
     
  12. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    no, a caravan is something you toe (usually by the grey nomads), a converted bus is aparently an RV, a camper trailer is compleatly different. its a trailer with a tent bult in which folds out and then the rest of the trailer tends to be a stove, storage ect (possably a bed). my parents wanted one because they are lighter than a caravan and they like to go camping

    for reference a portable is a building which can be moved. they get used alot as classrooms but houses can come like it (think leathal weapon, err i cant rember which one, he is fighting in one while they are going along the freeway)
     
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  14. glaucon tending tangentially Registered Senior Member

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    Safety Blanket.
    Or, blankie, for short.

    You know.. for those people who need constant reassurance that they're alive and wanted... like babies.
     
  15. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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  16. flatline Registered Member

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    Landlines will become obsolite...is there a need for a new name, as shakespear put it: what is in a name...bla bla the rose smells good etc...I agree most would call them phones, despite their clear capabilities to do much more, is their a need to change the name for a changing deffinition, or can we let the name stay the same (phones) and just let the definition drive itself into whatever atmosphere it would like to visit, until of course these phones would become ever more powerfull, no more need for a labtop possibly, or paper, or even meeting anyone in "real" life, the anti-cyber life/ Un-cyber life could lead us into.....I ramble,

    my vote for the new name: we need a tital that can match the capabilities and the general publics' devotion to them...Gods

    sorry about the long message....struggle.
     
  17. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Mopho comlink

    I just wish at some point we had contracted mobile phone to mopho.

    Other than that, it might be time to seriously consider comlink.
     
  18. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    My guess: "pods".

    A contraction of "ipod" that also works as a pronunciation of "pda", and carries the connotations of multiply capable safety blanket/ mobility/environmental connection interface.

    Unless some kind of cultural distinction from the "ipod" class of devices is critical, semiotically. Or the idea that it's actually a shell discomforts.
     
  19. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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  20. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Mofo sounds like a shotened motherfucker.
     
  21. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    But since they are way more than just phones, how about shorting this to "smarties"?

    That expresses the ability of the device for everything.

    "I lost my smarty, and life hasn't been the same since."
     
  22. temur man of no words Registered Senior Member

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    I like smarty. Cute name.
     
  23. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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    A couple of reasons:

    1) Nobody seems to feel that "smartphone" is too cumbersome.
    2) Shotening terms, especially be ending them in "-ie" or "-ey," makes you sound British (in a bad way).
    3) Voice services remain the primary driver of demand for these products. They are phones, with extra features. Take out the phone, and nobody buys them (you'd be better off with a netbook).
     

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