Newt Gingrich, the Republican politician and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, doesn’t know what to call his phone.
He released this video discussing the matter on his YouTube channel today titled “We’re Really Puzzled,” which pretty much conveys any sensible person’s reaction to watching it.
To summarize: Gingrich insists the term “cellphone” is insufficient to capture all the wonderful things these handheld devices can do.
Gingrich recalls that “when we first developed the automobile” (he was in his early 40s back then), the term “horseless carriage” was applicable, but cars have since outgrown the label.
So too have cellphones — or “handheld computers,” as he has cleverly been calling them — outgrown the term “cellphones,” he says.
So Gingrich is asking people for help on what to call these wonderful, multipurpose, fast-evolving miracles of technology.
Newsflash, Newt: people call them smartphones. It’s a pretty good name. Done and done.