Hey, Entrepreneurs, Check Out All The Wacky Names Thomas Edison Thought Of For His ‘Phonograph’
Hey, entrepreneurs and inventors, can’t figure out what to call that cool new thing you made?
Not sure what it might be used for?
No worries. You’re in good company.
Courtesy of Shaun Usher at Lists Of Note, who transcribed Thomas Edison’s original brainstorm notes (see them here), here’s a list of some of the names Edison and his colleagues thought of when they were trying to name what they eventually called the “phonograph”.
Many of the names are derived from Latin or Greek roots. Edison’s notes included the literal meaning:
Auto-Electrograph = Electric Pen
Polyphone = Manifold Sounder
Autophone = Self sounder
Kosmophone = Universal Sounder
Acoustophone = Sound hearer = Audible speaker
Octophone = Ear-sounder = speaker
Anitphone = Back-talker
Liguphone = Clear speaker
Minuttophone = Minute-sounder
Meistophone = Smallest sounder
Anchiphone = Near sounder or speaker