Friday, January 29, 2010

iPad, the name

Yesterday the American Dialect Society's ads-l list was abuzz with posts about the product name iPad, with how fast the jokes about iTampon and such have spread. As Dennis Baron notes, here:
It's got a name that cries out for parody (that didn't stop the Wii).
Sure, and Apple was certainly thinking about this stuff in deciding on the name. This morning the NYT ran a piece on this topic, here. And it's on the AP and everywhere. AP probably has the best line:
“Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?’’ went one joke on Twitter.
 I'm guessing that the junior high stuff will pass pretty quick. At least I hope so. But there is a little linguistics connection too —see this.


Anonymous said...

A grad school classmate (from Virginia) cracked a joke on Facebook that to him, the name just sounded like "iPod" said with a Wisconsin accent.

Mr. Verb said...

Yeah, the NYT piece kind of alludes to dialect issues .... I guess your friend associates Wisconsin with the Northern Cities Shift, eh?