[Ads-l] (cryptocurrency) wallets

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 30 18:36:06 EDT 2017

LOL. I hadn’t thought about this. http://bit.ly/2qDJerR <http://bit.ly/2qDJerR> (2015) and http://bit.ly/2sbOqFi <http://bit.ly/2sbOqFi> (2014) use “analog wallet”. And https://due.com/blog/4-reasons-use-digital-wallet/ <https://due.com/blog/4-reasons-use-digital-wallet/> (2017) does, too.

There are a couple of hits, such as http://www.drop-in.hr/item.php?iid=4949&lng=en <http://www.drop-in.hr/item.php?iid=4949&lng=en>. 

For humor, only, there’s someone who calls a “paper wallet” (i.e., a cryptocurrency wallet that has been printed out) an “analog wallet” at https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1ole2c/analog_wallet_as_a_saving_account/ <https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1ole2c/analog_wallet_as_a_saving_account/>. 

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 30 May 2017, at 15:28, Brian Hitchcock <brianhi at SKECHERS.COM> wrote:
> The question that occurs to me is this:  What shall I call my old-fashioned wallet that I keep actual paper money and cards in?  
> It seems a retronym is (or will soon be) needed, because the unmodified term "wallet" is now often construed as one of the newer kinds under discussion here.
> - At first I thought of "physical wallet", but of course the "paper wallet" is also "physical", as is a "hardware wallet".
> - You could call it a "non-digital wallet", but that seems a bit contrived; it might not catch on.  
> - There is "billfold", but my understanding is that not all wallets are billfolds (and that "billfold" is rare--- and especially rare in BrE, apparently because paper money is not called "bills" in Great Britain.)
> - "Leather wallet" would not be totally accurate, though most are either real or imitation leather. 
> - "Money wallet" or "cash wallet" might work. 
> Have you seen instances of these or other retronyms for the traditional wallet?
> Perhaps by the time a retronym becomes standardized, we will have done away with currency (and debit/credit cards) altogether.   
> I hope not to live to see that day.  I can get along fine without cards, but I do love me some cash.

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