back to article Mobe, mobe, mobe. There - we've said it

We'd just like to clarify something this afternoon for the benefit of those commentators among you who have a) not been keeping up with developments regarding the word "mobe" and b) seem to believe that Vulture Central operates some kind of democratic system in which the unwashed masses are allowed to chip in their two bits' …


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  1. triky


    ... that made my modnay ! nuff said.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Terminology as identifier

    If you use the word mobe you are Nathan Barley.

    That is all.

  3. Anonymous Coward


    They've gone and done it.

    El Reg has gone and done a "Blue Peter," a "GMTV" a "This Morning" !!!!

    We vote in blind faith that our votes are accepted and actually get read only to find that they are completely ignored and we never stood a chance of winning !!!

    What's Ofcom's number ???

  4. Cameron Colley

    Puzzled by the choice of vernacular.

    I am surprised by the use of the word "mobe" on El Reg -- seems to go against the trend of Americanisation (or, should that be Americanization?), I was expecting "mobile phone" to be replaced with "cell phone".

  5. Bill Fresher

    @Cameron Colley

    Thank you for clearing up what a "mobe" is. I had no idea it was a cell.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Isn't a lappy what the BOFH goes into that dodgy club for after 14 pints and an Indian. All on the Boss's expenses account of course....

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    New standard replies of Where's the mobe angle should be appearing on most reports?

    Me thinks we'll need a new mobe icon

    Yours Sincerely,

    Another A. Coward

  8. Jeroen Braamhaar

    @ Anon Coward

    > Me thinks we'll need a new mobe icon


    And quite naturally, it should have a celebrity holding a Jesus Mobe inverted ....

  9. Rick


    Moby is out there on his mobe following these developments....

  10. Big_Boomer Silver badge


    Users of the words mobe, lappy, and other pointless abbreviations should be allowed to continue. All they are doing is allowing the rest of us to make a rapid estimate of their intelligence level and react accordingly.

    Isn't it strange that it's always either sales or marketing types that invent polysyllabic gobbledigook thinking that it makes them sound intelligent whilst journalists and techies abbreviate and acronym everything in sight thinking that it makes them sound intelligent.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    If this continues...

    ... then I move that Mr Haines be henceforthwith known as "Mobe Dick".

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Well sorted, innit.

    I thinks itz gurt great an' that wot El Reg don't get all up itself and uses all that posh gramma and spulling and stuff like they tries stuffing down thy gob at skool.

  13. Ben Boyle
    Thumb Up

    Jesus mobe inversion syndrome?

    Surely that should be "insertion"?

  14. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    As for me

    I salute our Grand Vulture Poobah. As I grovel in the dust under his baleful eye, I give thanks to His magnificence in tolerating my miserable browser in the august presence of His pages. I totally accept mobe, lappy, linguine and any other wording the El Reg boffinry will deign foist upon my unworthy eyes with relish.

    And some ketchup, naturally.

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  16. Anonymous Coward

    Lester, Lester, Lester...

    Dear old Bobby Mugabe can't afford to send the Zanu-PF. He's too busy shopping for more wine farms in the Stellenbosch area.

    I mean really, do you think Bobby would want to prop up a colonialistic regime such as yourselves at The Reg? The Gods Must Be Joking!

    Flame on! Hat. Coat. Door. Taxi. :-)

  17. Paul

    @Simon Holt

    I think you meen is:

    "I tinks itz grt n' tht wot El Reg dn't gt al up itslf n uses al tht posh gramma n spulling n stuff like they tries 2 lern us at skool."

  18. Keith T


    It appears to be the onset of revolution in response to apparent draconian measures from Vulture Central.

    To restrict the populace to 'proper' words has been seen as a retrograde step in the development of culture and is being tackled from within the organisation itself. In short there are mobe moles at work.

    The public may well have decided once but, as usual, with the public and politics it's all down to who promises the most at any given point in time.

    I'm waiting to see who can offer my personal autogyro and the atomic domestic oven and then I'll modify my language to suit.

    Until then I shall refrain from using either 'mobe' or 'mobile' or even 'mobile phone' but carry out my own incursions with the use of 'cell'. (I'm not off to get my coat but a pubic wig if I'm gonna have ta talk like that)

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward




  20. Spleen

    Standard, isn't it?

    So long as explanations of these terms are accompanied with "as any fule kno", I don't mind and s**t.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    I was confused !

    Yes, I admit it. I voted no to 'mobe' in the original poll, but since then I have changed my ways ... <whimper> .. I love mobe, I use at least 4 times in every sentence. No Lester, no more <grovel>

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Is that mobe like "microbe" without the "icr" or like "mobe not today, mobe not tomorrow, but soon ..." or like "there ain't enough honey, we need mobes"?

  23. jon fisher

    if we allow mobe...

    ...can we reach a comprimise where any mention of a 'mashup' results in instant death?

  24. Daniel

    Me thinks we'll need a new mobe icon

    And here we have it :P

  25. Robert Hill

    @jon fisher

    No, jon, we CANNOT reach a "comprimise". But I think we have a chance at a compromise on "mashups"...although I am not sure how El Reg could possibly write another Web 2.0 piece without it...

  26. Anonymous Coward

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  27. Eileen Bach

    But calling the mobile internet

    Mobi is still OK. mobi, mobi,

  28. Martin Huizing
    Paris Hilton

    Web 2.0 application anyone?


    Insert flame here

    btw. Here is Paris Hilton for you!


  29. Graham Lockley

    No chance of ICT being spared then ?

    My former boss at a college I taught at was given the title :

    Curriculum Leader - IT

    He quickly got the C inserted on his name badge ....

  30. Rick Brasche
    Thumb Up

    needs that new icon..

    a big finger up! two even!

  31. Mr P Hilton
    Gates Halo

    All hail King Lester...............

    Today is a glorious day for now I no longer feel like a social pariah for downloading mashups using my lappy and transferring onto my mobe.

    Now I can shout "Mobe" (or mobi; or even moby if you like) from the rooftops safe in the knowledge that El Reg will back me up.

    And when I stand in court accused of bastardising the English language I know I shall emerge victorious when Mr Haines gives his expert testament in my defence.

    Oh happy days.

    BTW there's absolutely no truth in the rumour whatsoever that Prez Musharaf has thrown Lester in jail and declared emergency rule at The Reg because of his inane dislike of the word mobi..............

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dangerous Ground

    Mobe is one of those (non)words which has the feel of being something else, especially if you accent the e. What I mean is Latin.

    You know how it goes amo, amas, amat etc. So we would have mobe, mobas, mobat. It gets worse mobamus: we phone, mobatis: you phone and mobant: they phone.

    Enough! Never mind get my coat. I think I will go for a lie down.

  33. Michael Benneyworth

    So should we call the "Public".....


    Abbreviations rule!

    Or should have rules. Wait those aren't always applicable in all situations....

    <coat> <incoherent muttering>

    (exits with head hung)

    </incoherent muttering> </coat>

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