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Newt Gingrich Is Puzzled

Hits: 6821 | Rating: (2.1) | Category: Technology | Added by: whodat6484
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Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:34:51 PM
@ Monsterzero: Thanks for responding in a collegial tone. I wasn't intending to sound condescending in my original post; I apologize if it came off that way.

I dunno: I think *smartphone* perfectly addresses the need Newt was describing. You may be right in thinking that he wanted to avoid the use of *phone* altogether. But if so, he really erred in not stating why he finds *smartphone* unacceptable. As it is, he gives the impression that he's unfamiliar with the term.

I think *smartphone* is not used all that often because we seldom need to refer to all of the device's capabilities. This is analogous, I think, to the term *human being*: it's also valid, and all-encompassing--but in everyday usage, we're more likely to say *father*, *neighbor*, *tax payer*, etc.

For evidence of *smartphone*'s usefulness, check out Verizon Wireless's phone listings, which are divided into two categories: (1) Smartphones and (2) Basic Phones.

Dead-Kittens
Male, 30-39, Canada
 986 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:21:54 PM
well I call it 'The Oracle'...I also sacrifice virgins daily and leave offerings of food and riches.

On a serious note what the happened to 'PDA'? Personal Digital Assistant out of style or what?

monsterzero
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 348 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:12:35 PM
@Squrlz:
Forgive me for being rude but it seemed your answer was an attempt to "educate" me on something I already knew.
I think your missing the point on what he's trying to say. I took his speech as maybe we should find a name for it that does not include the word "phone" because it's much more than that.Maybe one word that can describe all functions like "communicator" or something cheesy like that.
This is why when people were calling him an idiot (although he is) and saying "smartphone" it made them sound like the idiots.
My other point being, it's a smartphone because of the OS but we still call them cellphones.
The people blurting out "smartphone" do not call it a smartphone in everyday conversation so why say it's a smartphone when you don't use that word to describe it when you talk about it?
I don't know dammit, I'm confusing myself now...

SethDog
Male, 18-29, Australia
 760 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:50:27 PM
It is called a friggen smartphone maybe?

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:08:44 PM
@ Monsterzero:

"No sh*t Sherlock." What's with the rudeness? I wasn't rude to you.

"I'm just pointing out the pretentious dinks that go 'Herp derp! It's called a smartphone! Herp derp!', when in normal, everyday conversation, no one calls it a smartphone. Like I said before, I've never heard anyone say 'What's your smartphone number?'. Make sense?"

No, what you're saying *doesn't* make sense. Newt was asking what new term or word should be used to describe a device that has many functions beyond being a wireless telephone. That term already exists in the form of *smartphone*. It's not pretentious to point out that Newt appears rather clueless in overlooking this common word.

The fact that people don't say "What's your smartphone number?" doesn't mean that the term *smartphone* is somehow invalid.

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6464 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:31:08 PM
Yeah Newt pretty much solidified the fact that he's an ignoramus. He's gone out of his way to make republicans look like fools now he's working on the geriatric generation. Go away Newt. You were a has been when has-been's were has been's.

monsterzero
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 348 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:13:49 PM
@ squrlz:
No sh*t sherlock.
We've established that its multi-functionality makes it a smartphone.
I'm just pointing out the pretentious dinks that go "Herp derp! It's called a smartphone! Herp derp!",
When in normal, everyday conversation, no one calls it a smartphone.
Like I said before, I've never heard anyone say "What's your smartphone number?".
Make sense?

BDT1981
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 132 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:11:42 PM
The real question is, who keeps letting him in front of a camera? Seriously, peoples are still behind this guy. Why can't anybody tell him is is just making himself look like an idiot.

CoolHandAves
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 4 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:23:28 PM
@robthelurker I was going to attempt a snappy comeback, an almost borderline witty retort. Due to bashing the word knowledge, and "paragraphs" of misconstruing intelligence with vocabulary; to answer simply... Google. Google helped me spell all these big word too.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:11:05 PM
@ Dirtysteve: Here's a thought: There was a time when an education meant more than the ability to get a paycheck. You know, the whole *humanities* thing?

I get the impression that you think any education that isn't vocational is a waste of time. I hope that's not the case.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:08:03 PM
@ Monsterzero: It's called a smartphone if you're making reference to that part of the functionality that runs software. Example: "Developing apps for the smartphone market can be lucrative."

It's called a camera if you're taking pictures with it. Example: "Wait: I forget which button I'm supposed to press to get the camera to work."

It's called a cellphone (or just phone) if you're referring to its ability to make voice calls or send and receive SMS messages. Example: "I'll give her a call--if I can just find my phone."

If you're referring to the device's ability to do all of these things, it's called a smartphone. Make sense?

dirtysteve00
Male, 30-39, Europe
 375 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:02:03 PM
'I'll take my B.A. and Masters in English Lit'
Might as well, not like many employers will.

Nerd_Rage
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 426 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:52:03 PM
it's called a smart phone.. we've had it named that for years

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3726 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:42:26 PM
@Andrew155 - A PhD like Newt's isn't even worth the paper it's printed on. He studied Modern European History and got his PhD with a thesis titled "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945-1960"

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:39:15 PM
@Andrew155: Pardon me if I'm not bowled over by a PhD in "Education" from Tulane. I'll take my B.A. and Masters in English Lit from Bard and the University of Virginia over Newt's degree any day of the week. And I wouldn't count me out on getting a PhD just yet. My mother got her PhD at the age of 64.

But, more importantly, where are you getting the idea that I'm a self-proclaimed intellectual? I've never made such a claim. I have been lucky enough to rub elbows with several bona fide intellectuals and the greatest gift the experience has given me is a sense of intellectual humility--and the ability to spot a pretender to the title, such as Newt Gingrich.

keith2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2576 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:32:30 PM
pocket watch

Link_Hiei
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 5190 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:27:07 PM
I think Andrew needs to get laid big time. Haha

ExtraCredit
Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 450 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:10:30 PM
It's a pico-galactic moon base communicator.

monsterzero
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 348 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:49:31 PM
It's called a smartphone? Really?
We know that's what it is, but how many people say "Here's my smartphone number". or "what's your smartphone number?"
I guess all those cellphone towers have to be called smartphone towers now...

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:38:32 PM
He's irrelevant. No need to go after people that have already blown up.


But Mr. Squirrelman, I hope you realize that he has a Ph.D from a prestigious school, something you, an armchair intellectual, will never have.

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:31:37 PM
It's an... Omnicom!

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 5966 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:21:18 PM
I suggest calling it a knowledgeable telephonic device, a Clever Phone for short?
Do I get a prize?

robthelurker
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2299 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:20:43 PM
@coolhandaves your cell phone can examine and determine specific injuries and illnesses??? why doesnt mine do that??

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:17:44 PM
Can't stand that asshat. He fancies himself an intellectual. He fancies wrong.

Two newsflashes for you, Newt:

1. That item you can't figure out the name of? It's a *smartphone*, buddy.

2. Anyone under the age of 65 watching this video would conclude--once they stop laughing--that you're an idiot.

Tupinambis
Male, 18-29, Western US
 566 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:16:22 PM
Welcome to the year 2013, Newt. I'm glad you could join us. You're a bit behind, so try not to slow the rest of us down.

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