In Pictures: Who came up with your least favourite tech buzzwords?

Some buzzwords evolve from the foam of language; others are invented in strokes of evil genius

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Phablet We admit that we like a good portmanteau, but the word "phablet" -- it's halfway between a phone and a tablet, you see! -- just sounds ugly and frankly dumb. That's actually how most people thought of the whole giant-phone category back in 2009, when Dell debuted its mostly unloved Streak; that was the product that Dan Warren, now Director of Technology at the GSM association, first applied the term to. Today, Samsung's mega-phones (hmm, we see why they didn't use that term) are selling briskly, and the term has taken off after going almost unused for years.

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