We need to talk.
As a culture, we are particularly fond of the portmanteau. I understand the fascination. It's not fun to say "Brad and Angelina" when you could just say "Brangelina". Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I have a swatch and am very proud of it.
But we need to really talk about the phablet.
This unfortunate combination of syllables just sounds gross. For the uninitiated, a "phablet" is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. It's a large phone. Or a small tablet that also lets you make phone calls. I admit to being a fan. Samsung's Galaxy Note set the standard, and Apple jumped on board with their last round of iPhone releases, introducing the iPhone 6+.
On the show this week, I brought up my extreme dislike of the term phablet, and asked for input on a few other ideas for portmanteaus we can use. Here are a few of my favorites:
Phone-tablet. The thought here is simple - it might be nice to come up with a portmanteau, but is it really necessary? Not really. Hyphenating or creating a compound word was a common suggestion.
Tablone. This little combo has the added benefit of sounding like chocolate. Yum! (I still think it sounds a little gross.)
Taphone. By far and away the favorite suggestion of MPB radio producer Jonas Adams, who was full of other, equally silly suggestions. I'm not a fan; sounds too much like tadpole.
Smartlet. Now, this is a nickname I can get behind. It's cute, it still maintains the fun of being a portmanteau, but without the rather gross "phab" sound at the beginning (not that there's anything wrong with being totally fab). Can we get this printed on a t-shirt?
Got any better ideas? Share them in the comments!
Ashley Jefcoat is the co-host of MPB's Everyday Tech, a weekly call-in show focused on making technology accessible to everyone. You can listen to it live every Wednesday at 10:00 am CST on MPB Think Radio. She also serves as the Digital Media Director for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she provides guidance in all things digital. Ashley resides in Jackson, MS, in a cute little house full of animals, video games, and books.