Former House speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is pondering one of the more perplexing problems of our times: What to call this newfangled thing we know as the cellphone. In fact, he’s so “puzzled” by this dilemma that he has taken to YouTube in a quest to solve the pressing issue once and for all.
In a video on the Gingrich Productions channel, Gingrich asked his viewers and fans what the cellphone should be called.
“You probably think it’s a cellphone, but think about it, if it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If it has a McDonald’s app to tell you where McDonald’s is based on your GPS location — that’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google — that’s not a cellphone. If you can watch YouTube — that’s not a cellphone," he implores. "This device is something new and different. I’ve been calling it a handheld computer.”
Smartphone, which works pretty well for the rest of us, just doesn’t sit well with Newt. He finds it misleading, “Its real power is not internal computation; its real power is networking,” he says.
“What would you call this? So we can explain to people that they carry in their hand literally the potential to have a dramatic revolution in how we get things done, in how we take care of our own health, in how we interact with our government and in how we are productive,” he asks.
Accompanying the video is a request for suggestions. “Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it, and we'll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.”
So far, the majority of comments have suggested sticking with the antique term, smartphone. But the conversation is clearly raising a number of other compelling predicaments.
As commenter djtimwright wrote, “I have a pencil, but it has an eraser on the end of it. It's a huge dilemma what I should call this crazy, dual purpose rubber-tipped lead stick.”
Watch the plea for his cause in the video below:
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