In my most recent column for the Boston Globe
, I poke fun at new advertising slogans that Apple is using for its iPod line: the latest iPod Nano is "Completely Renanoed," while the iPod Touch is "Engineered for Maximum Funness." Whereas renanoed
at least shows a modicum of creativity (turning Nano
into a verb capable of taking the re-
seems to be an unnecessarily cutesy elaboration on plain old fun
. But hang on: can we make a distinction between fun
"You must be a ringer
," the journalism instructor told the student, who insisted that, though he had many years of experience in other jobs, he had never been a journalist. "I admit I had to look that term up," the student said later." I wasn't sure if it calling me a ringer
was a compliment or an insult."
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