'Phablet.' It isn't the sound a French horse makes when it's trying to puke. It isn't some seventies disco band obsessed with pharmaceuticals. It's the disgusting, ugly name tech journalists insist on giving to large-screened smartphones. This just isn't right.
These incredible devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, deserve better. Imagine if laptop computers were called 'Crotchlochettes.' A sick, sad world where video game consoles were called 'Dhraksoles.' A world where you sat down in your office, fired up your 'Towrocessor,' loaded your 'Opercodisystex,' and then browsed the 'Visueractive Pertexnetual Hyperdiaper.'
I mean, come on!
A few years back, when these systems only existed in the R&D phase, I naively thought I was inventing them for a scifi book that I have mercifully decided not to make available. I called the technology 'Phonetabs' in the book. A less ugly name, but not one I'm married to. I just hate 'phablets.'
I took a stand against this hideous word by again referring to a 'phonetab' in my new novella, Emergent Pattern. You, too, can do your part.
Please 'sign the petition' by leaving a comment below. We'll make sure that the likes of CNET, Engadget, Gizmodo, and whoever else bandies the 'Phablet' term around start to realize they have precious few months of time to reverse this disgusting misnomer before the awful, choking-horse sounding word is ubiquitous. Stamp out ugly words before they start, and sign the petition!