prefix of the year (POTY) - smart

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 11 19:54:44 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at> wrote:
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> I saw "smartphone" as a generic term first time last  year.  Now smart-TV and smart -glasses (eyeglasses) are happening.  But since these are so smart
> Â does it make the opposite dumb: Â dumbphones=2C dumb-TV=2C dumb-glasses. Â  =
> Maybe "snail" is appropieate such as for snail-mail. Â snail-phones snail-TV=2C snail-glasses. Â Or are we outsmarting ourselves.
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> Another POTY which is used all the time is "robo". Â As a verb? Â I roboed myself to work this morning....?
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> Tom Zurinskas Conn 20 yrs Tenn 3 NJ 33 now Fl 9.=20
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Hm. How about _I_? As in,

I i'd that chick with the big butt.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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