Someone had to do it. End the obscure, growing problem of mobile devices. Yes, no more $600 smartphones should be called “devices.” Instead, mobile drices is the distinctive name.
Some people will ponder the word and turn it into “damn good rice” or “Dr. Ice.” But I refuse any longer to refer to a masterpiece of wireless technology as something you might buy at Home Depot. (By the way, I immediately got the domain “MobileDrices.com.”) So you can’t have it. Sorry.
Good Product Names Come from Words that Don’t Exist
After my “Eureka moment,” I immediately posted to Google+. In less than 30 seconds, I dominated page one for “Drice.” Ah, take that, you SEO freaks. Then I researched the term, the best method to choose domains after you’ve bought one. The Urban Dictionary says Drice is related to smoking pot as in “Dude I just bought an eighth of the finest chronic we have got to get a drice on the go.”
Media Drices Reflect the Nature of Mobile Phones
It started to look good. 21,700 indexed hits. Surely the word had a following. Darn, I got beat out by some nitwit on the Linksys support site who complained about “WAG 160 Drices Me Crazy!” Clearly, here was someone who can’t spell correctly.
SolverScrabber.com found three anagrams of drices: “ciders,” dricers” and “scried”–all good replacements for mobile drices in case the name doesn’t take off. How would you like a “Mobile Cider,” “Mobile Dricer” or “Mobile Scried” in your pocket?
Mobile Phone Names Used to Have Sex Appeal
But I think if you’re going to replace product names you ought to do it with names that sound “right.” I complimented phone manufacturers several years ago by coming up with alternatives to mobile devices. The carriers released phones with great names like Escapade, the Nokia Twist and the HTC Imagio.
In another post, I suggested functional names like PEA (Personal Entertainment Assistant), the PNA (Personal Navigation) and PTA (Personal Teaching Assistant). Alas, the industry ignored me and kept mobile device.
So we ended up with “smartphone devices,” “tablet devices,” “smart devices,” “wireless health devices” and more.
This time I do hope the industry adopts mobile drices instead of continuing on the mobile devices road to Hell.