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Friday, June 10, 2011

What the Hell?!? Friday -- "Unfortunate Choice of Words" Edition

"I'm just putting everyone on notice. A car is not a mobile device," 
--   David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

OK - I know the "mobile" in mobile device and the "mobile" in automobile are pronounced differently, but that's really just a phonetic accident.  First off, a car is definitely mobile.  And a car is most assuredly a device.

In fairness, here are the words that followed:   "I'm not in the business of helping people tweet better. I'm not in the business of helping people post on Facebook better."

And the headline of the article is "NHTSA administrator: Apps must take backseat to auto safety."

So, his basic meaning is that a car is not wireless communication hardware, like an i-Pad or Droid.

But, still . . .


Stagflationary Mark said...


As a side note, I think our whole economy is a bicycle.

Our first cycle was due to the dotcom bubble and our second cycle was due to the housing bubble.

And don't even get me started on the motorcycles! Without them we wouldn't have had a cash for clunkers program.

I hope you don't find my puns too pedestrian (i.e., lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction). ;)

Jazzbumpa said...

No, not really.

But if you keep it up, I might have to ask you ti curb your tongue.