Originally Posted by newbee
Actually, in Canada a pad is the term quite often used for a sanitary napkin and on that basis alone I would not call the "new apple device " that.
Not exclusively though. The word 'pad' is commonly used for other things and not immediately associated with feminine products. It heavily depends on the context.
Originally Posted by pmz
the US absolutely will associate this with a MaxiPad
Desperate comedians in the US perhaps but the 'i' in iPad is like the 'i' in thigh, whereas the 'i' in Maxi Pad is like the 'i' in taxi so they don't even sound the same. It's also two separate words Maxi Pad and they have Ultra Thin Pad. This again goes back to the generality of the word 'pad'.
Google the word 'pad' and tell me what page refers to feminine hygiene with safe search off. I got to page 20 and gave up. The closest I came was the Pish Pad:http://www.pishpad.com/
which Apple's product may well be if it just runs the iphone OS. But the point is if this association was so common, don't you think Google of all places would have picked up on it with its relevancy algorithms?
Wikipedia lists a number of things:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad
Bachelor Pad is an important one and is often referred to as pad on its own. Are you coming back to my pad? A device for the home - iPad is in my pad. What controls all the media in your pad? The iPad of course.
Yeah it's going to be called iPad and people will try to make fun of it with sketches of a girl with a 10" slate in her pants but the jokes will wear thin in about a week or two because it's not all that funny - it's too obvious - and there's no depth to the joke, it just vaguely sounds like it could be the name of a feminine product.