I heard the most pretentious thing on NPR
So I was listening to NPR on my drive home from work and this guy just uttered the most pretentious thing I have ever heard, in regards to the iphone.
"....I am on vacation in San Francisco so I am calling from my iPhone..."
Maybe I am just grumpy tonight, but that annoyed the heck out of me. Normal people would say "I am talking on my cellphone".
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You can also say the same thing about Mac or PC users. It's about branding. Most pc users will say, "I'll send it from my computer or laptop" whereas mac users will say "I'll send it from my mac or powerbook". The iPhone is an icon and thus people will refer to it as is rather than the category which defines it. Great observation though!
- 10-13-2009, 10:14 AM #7
What is more, a lot of work goes into getting me to so pretend. It is called "branding." And, yes, I talk on my iPhone rather than on a generic cell-phone.
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Edited to add: I don't think I would have said "Hi I'm calling from my iPhone though. A phone is a phone is a phone? I probably would have said cell phone.
- 10-13-2009, 08:13 PM #15
UGH! I completely agree! I can NOT stand when people refer to their stuff by brand name (barring things completely embedded in the lexicon like Levi's instead of jeans)! It's so boastful!
Ex. Referring to a North Face jacket as "my North Face" rather than "my coat." Same with iPhones... "I can't find my iPhone" as opposed to "I can't find my phone."
Is it really necessary to state what kinda stuff you have? Seriously... Save that for nouveau rappers and the like.
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Besides, preamble on radio talk shows is always rather awkward and inane. "Hi, Phil. I'm listening to you on the radio and decided to call from my phone." Well, no sh*t.
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I've seen one or two people edit their e-mail signature to disclaim responsibility for typos and spelling errors because they are sending from their iPhone or Crackberry. As if the fact that they are mobile is a get out of jail free card for sloppy communications. what's next? Resumes sent from iPhones complete with spelling errors and applicants asking us to believe that they really are careful and detailed?
- 10-14-2009, 10:00 PM #20
The funniest thing was when I was emailing with a contact to buy an item. My iPhone sig at that time was "Iphone often immitated, never duplicated, yes that means you Blackberry." Just a bit of fun LOL, I laughed when I noticed at the end of the guy's email Sent from Blackberry but he loved my sig said it made him laugh.
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This thread is making me chuckle as I sip my Dos Equis and type on my Kensington keyboard on my Vaio PC. I'm listening to my iTunes music and also staring at my iPhone. I just remembered I have to put some more videos on my Western Digital HDD to play through my PS3 on my Pioneer Kuro HDTV. I think I might have to go to Blockbuster in my Lexus GS 300!