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I need help: You know how sometimes you'll be walking down the street and someone walking toward you seems to be talking to themselves and you think they're crazy for a moment but then you realize they're talking on their hands-free cellphone? I think there should be a name for that. But what should it be?

The winner: Schizophonia!

February 16, 2006 in Pop Culture | Permalink



Posted by: chris | Feb 16, 2006 11:15:11 AM

I always call it "cell crazy."

Posted by: Clare | Feb 16, 2006 11:24:21 AM


Posted by: sarah d. | Feb 16, 2006 11:40:39 AM

Cellular Glossolalia
Cell Voguing (from the album "True Bluetooth")

Posted by: Tiffany Leigh | Feb 16, 2006 11:48:56 AM


Posted by: Lauren | Feb 16, 2006 11:54:46 AM

I love "schizophonia"!

Posted by: Jason Hartley | Feb 16, 2006 12:04:41 PM

Schizophonia totally sticks the landing!

Posted by: Tiffany Leigh | Feb 16, 2006 12:14:26 PM


Posted by: Lauren | Feb 16, 2006 12:38:29 PM

I am going to start using the term 'schizophonia' TODAY. The time has come!!

Posted by: Jen | Feb 16, 2006 12:47:09 PM

"being a bluetool"

Posted by: andy cochrane | Feb 16, 2006 2:29:33 PM

how about a fucking cell phone

Posted by: nolan | Feb 16, 2006 4:22:06 PM

So you want to name the phenonemon "cell phone"? That's really clever!

Posted by: cheeky | Feb 16, 2006 4:28:10 PM

Typos are clever too.

Posted by: cheek | Feb 16, 2006 4:29:13 PM

We should call it a "cochrane" in honor of andy's brillant suggestion.

Posted by: Daniel | Feb 16, 2006 5:31:24 PM

i'm not quite sure what happened here... but i wrote the "bluetool" comment, not the "fucking cell phone" comment... is there a way someone was able to hack the comments on this site, or is that just a glitch?

Posted by: andy cochrane | Feb 16, 2006 7:00:16 PM

oh i'm an idiot- its the way comments are displayed here- it looks like your comment is the one below, not the one above due to the position of the separator (maybe want to rethink that formatting b.w.e...)

Posted by: andy cochrane | Feb 16, 2006 7:02:22 PM

Schizophonia already is a winner of a word. It's been around at least 39 years, and means something else.


Posted by: billtron | Feb 16, 2006 7:44:07 PM

Here's a New York Times article from 2000 about the phenomenon:

And, someone has already used the term, along with "cellchotic" and "celliloquists" to describe people who blabber on their cell phones:

Sorry for being no fun.

Posted by: billtron | Feb 16, 2006 8:04:37 PM

No fun at all! As with most things like this, people of course have thought of them before. However, we can always co-opt and popularize the word schizophonic!

Posted by: Jason Hartley | Feb 16, 2006 9:39:23 PM

Damn - I really thought I made up a new word! still, it's a new use for an existing word.

Posted by: Lauren | Feb 17, 2006 8:55:35 AM

It's also the title (sort of) of Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell's first solo album.

Posted by: Sarah | Feb 17, 2006 12:04:58 PM

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