The term ‘Normob’ hits the big time

Dean Bubley over at Disruptive Wireless posed the ‘what is a normob’ question yesterday:

You know that feeling when you encounter a new word… and then within a couple of days you start noting it everywhere?

Well, if you hadn’t spotted it already, let me open your eyes to this particular neologism:

Normob = Normal Mobile User.

Where did the term come from? Well, I knocked it up as a term back in December 2006 when I was going nuts about the cost of New Year’s Eve texting. I’ve since setup as a repository for key normob-related posts from SMS Text News.

Regular SMS Text News reader and commenter, HeavyLight, has also recently started The Opinionated Normob to record his thoughts — definitely worth a read.

For the past few years I’ve always qualifed normob whenever I’ve used the term, like so:

normob (“normal mobile user”)

Do you think it’s time for me to be able to use the term freely without qualifying it?

Maybe once it’s included in the Oxford English Dictionary? 😉

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

5 replies on “The term ‘Normob’ hits the big time”

Aha – I looked at yesterday, following the link from Disruptive Wireless, thinking “I’m sure Ewan coined this!”. Must have been sleepwalking cos I didn’t notice that it was an smstextnews site (even though, on revisiting, it says so right there at the top!!!).

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