OK, I’m over the “iPad = iFeminineHygiene” meme that’s been going around the net since the launch of the iPad. For some it’s a giggle, for others it’s a serious reason to criticise Apple. For me, it smacks of over sensitivity and a puerile, juvenile argument.
A while ago, Alex Barrett on Twitter wrote:
As a gay man, I couldn’t agree more. A casual search reveals all these other horrifying words that end in pad and must be some terrible play against feminine hygiene products:
The conspiracy abounds to destroy the sacrosanct use of “pad” as a shortened form of various feminine hygiene products. A war on the English language must be declared!
Or alternatively, people could perhaps realise that sometimes a name is just a name, and sometimes a word is just a word, and sometimes they’re being too precious. Words get used for more than one thing: that’s the joy that is English. Most people these days hate banks. I love them – I love sitting on banks with headphones on watching the river go by. Most people eat their sandwiches with relish – me, I’m on a no-carb diet, so instead of eating a sandwich with relish I’d instead relish spreading a bit of chutney on a piece of meat and throwing the bread away.
Please, let’s not let the juveniles who like to giggle at fart jokes and live their lives in a double entendre subvert what would otherwise be a discussion about the technical merits of future shock.