To call this a “cell phone” or a “handheld computer” fails to capture the change that has taken place. It is a change in kind, not just a change in scale, and just as drivers of the earliest cars called them “horseless carriages”, our language has not caught up.
So having failed for several days to come up with an adequate term for the device we call a “cell phone,” we want to open the discussion up to you. Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it, and we’ll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.
Hand held computer? Nah that’s not it. Cellphone? But it also takes Pictures! Swammy, slippy, slappy, swimon, swanny, swanson? Samsonite! I was way off.
I feel like we’re being trolled here but at the same time the fact that Newt Gingrich has never heard of the word Smartphone and made a video about how our language has yet to adequately name such a device is 100% believable. Unreal.