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Furby and friends

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Topic: 2) Furby and friends (1 of 2), Read 95 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 11:11 AM

Gregory Alan Bolcer, of Santa Ana, California, writes: "I am looking for a word that generalizes the recent spate of electronic toys: pokemon, Furbys, Microsoft-enabled Barneys, artificial life Lego robots, etc."

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Topic: 2) Furby and friends (2 of 2), Read 93 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Friday, December 18, 1998 09:46 AM

As I was preparing to post this Fugitive, Greg and I batted around variations on "automatoy." That was my favorite version, thought I have to say I find it almost impossible to read that and see how to pronounce it -- auTOMatoy, like auTOMaton, which is similarly counterintuitive, at least to me.


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