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Hey, Entrepreneurs, Check Out All The Wacky Names Thomas Edison Thought Of For His ‘Phonograph’

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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

Tel-autograph

Tel-autophone

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

via Hey, Entrepreneurs, Check Out All The Wacky Names Thomas Edison Thought Of For His ‘Phonograph’.

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Written by edparnell

February 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Posted in Funny, History

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