What Do iPads, Teabaggers, and 'Beavis and Butthead' Have in Common? -- Politics Daily
The Internet is already abuzz with comments about Apple's new technological unveiling on Wednesday. The iPad.
The word pad has been in the English language for well over 5 hundred years:
1545–55; (n.) < MD or LG pad path (orig. argot; hence, appar., “highwayman” and “horse”); (v.) < MD padden to make or follow a path, c. OE pæththan to traverse, deriv. of pæth path; defs. 1, 8 perh. represent an independent expressive word that has been influenced by other senses.
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition. Retrieved January 30, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pad
Our two cents:
Now, iPad rolls off the tongue as if from a waterfall. Easy and stubbornly catchy. All very well, we say. We are sure advertisers spend many sleepless nights trying to come up with a word that will stick and be etched in your memory for generations to come and the more controversial the better. It will generate a lot of noise and, bingo, bring a lot of attention to, guess what, the product itself.
Moreover, there is a fine line dividing tea-bagging and i-padding and all the other "paddings" out there. Language is a bridge and many people know that. Some use it to make a point. Some use to carry their agendas across. Some use to sell techtoys.
So what? Nothing, it does not matter, for the more we cross that bridge the more aware we will become as we walk on it. Good for Apple and Steve Jobs.
Did he not do a fine job revealing his new gadget? A highwayman on horseback with a bag of tricks.
You be the judge.