I thought that it would be cool to see what names people have given their GPS units and maybe why you named it such.
I named mine Sophia. I did this because there is a dumb movie called "How to lose a guy in 10 days" and in it the girl names the guys penis "Princess Sophia" and I thought that by giving it that name you emasculate this man...well the traditional Joke about man is that he always feel emasculated about asking for directions and well I ask the GPS unit for directions all the time. You get the idea =)
Please share your stories and names.
This is so funny. I call my c550 Carmin too.
Never named my Cobra 4500, I guess she just wasn't reliable enough for a close personal relationship.
We call my Nuvi 660 - "Critter". When we leave the car I hand it to my wife to put in her purse. When we get back in the car, she'll say, "Do you want your critter?" That's where it came from.
This week it's Yoda. The name changes with the voice because I talk back to it. Turn left says Yoda and I reply thanks Yoda.
This had me laughing!......I don't have a name for mine EXCEPT when it does something I don't want it to do, then it adopts the name I call ALL my electronics when they don't function correctly...you BLEEPING POS! (LOL)
Ahhh yes, I do tend to put the fear of God into my electronic devices! (LOL)
I have not named mine yet.
My mom named hers Hilary which I found amusing (especially after hearing my dad say “that gal is pretty smart” referring to the Garmin I presume)
On a recent business trip using the Hertz rent-a- car supplied navigation system one of my co-workers referred to the device as “the b**** in the box” when I asked who was speaking in the background.
"Nunu" after our Garmin Nuvi. "Nunu" does strangely sound sarcastic when she is "recalculating" or advises us to "make a u-turn." I think they should program an optional "talk trash" feature to make things more interesting... "You've been instructed to turn left, what's your problem buddy!" "Hey, where did you get your driver's license? K-Mart?"
After the Fran on TV years ago in
Kukla Fran and Ollie.
My wife and I enjoyed the show when we were much younger and we thought it would be a nice way to remember Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison of the Kuklapolitans.
I use the pommie voice (Garmin 250W) (for people from the USA - a pommie is from the UK). Doris because she is always telling me where to go and never gets too upset "recaluclating" - very refined old fashioned lady... No connection to Doris Day!
And I must add that the red light camera warning guy (who interupts Doris from time to time) is FRED... make of that what you will...
I call it Kate - actually my brother named it. On a trip from Ontario to Nova Scotia a year ago, we drove on the new highway through New Brunswick - the new highway parallels the old and is usually within 200-300 meters (read yards if you are from the US) of it. After a lot of 'recalculating', my brother called it 'Recalculatin' Kate' and the name has stuck.
On a road trip, one of our daughters starting calling it Jenny. Even after telling her the voice's name was Jill, she insisted on Jenny. So Jenny it is.
I've just been calling mine by the name of the voice I'm using. Although, I've often referred to my wife as "She who must be obeyed," I'm sure it'd just be annoying to her if I showed a new affiliation to the Zumo instead of her.
I refer to the GPS as my Zumo, or GPS, but if I talk to someone about it I may say,"Jill guided me to..."
Funny how much conversation this thread triggered.
the wife gave her that name on a trip to colorado!!
sometimes I call it POS (piece of SH....) because it doesn't want to work the way I want it to, maybe in a perfect world.
Bought 3 at Christmas. One for my wife and I and the others for 2 daughters. One daughter calls hers Garmina, my wife calls ours Christy (because it was a Christmas present), and my other daughter says "no way" on giving hers a name...
I got my Garmin in August for a birthday present and immediately we thought Carmin was a great name for it. We took our first trip right away and that is when she was christened Carmin.
I never named mine. If I'm taking about it I refer to it as "the Garmin" and if I'm talking to it I'm probably using some vulgar names...
When I first got mine, I was following my daughter through Knoxville, TN to a Red Lobster. I located the one we were going to and it plotted out the route, but my daughter decided to take a "short cut" because of traffic. Every time she changed direction, the GPS said 'Recalculating', and I kept saying "Sorry Charlie, Kelly knows a shortcut". My wife said that the voice was female so I should call her Charlene instead of Charlie.
Got my daughter one and she named it Jan after her mother and my first wife, because she is always telling everyone what to do.
I FINALLY found a name for min.......Are you ready?!......DAN!
Yep, when it's right it's DAN THE MAN and when it's wrong it's DANIT! (LOL) Took me a few to think of something but this one seems to have stuck.
I never got into that whole thing about naming everything I own. When I'm talking about a route that I drove, I will say "Jill told me to....whatever.", but to me Jill is the person in the box, not the box itself...
my "pointer thing" cause i get it out and let it point the way.
I named mine after a pretty girl.
We call ours Shirley.
Shirley will (we'll) find the way.
Shirley, we're not lost.
We call ours Shirley.
Shirley will (we'll) find the way.
Shirley, we're not lost.
I love that, it is so appropriate;)
Working a Star Trek theme right now.
When my wife is using it - it's Jayneway 1701
(wife's name is Jayne - also has Jayneway 1701
When I'm using it or referring to it - it is
simply "the Garmin Unit"
Didn't really need to name it but what the heck
Well, I drive a Jeep Wrangler and I've been know to call my GPS the Geeps....G.P.S.
Get it. GPS if you say it kinda can sound like Jeeps. Stupid I know. But that what I call it.
No, no, no... Maybe little lame, but stupid it is not. No name could be stupid.
I bekieve it is Miss Moneypenny.
Garminita...my wife named it...
...is what I would have wanted to call my c550 when we bought it in '06, from the 80s "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego" computer games, as that would have been very fitting.
But my then-6-year-old son misread Garmin as "German" and we've been calling it that ever since.
Just took my new Nuvi 750 out of the box today. When I turned it on, its current location was Kansas (I'm in New York). I know its dumb, but the first thing that came to mind was, "We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!"
So, at least for right now, "Toto" it is!
I Call my TomTom 720 "Major Tom"
"This is Major Tom to ground control.... I'm stepping through the door..."
Mine is called #1, with quarterly updates it's never out of date, that makes it #1. Plain and simple.
Umm...am I like the only one or one of the only ones that calls it a GPS? Sometimes I call it curse words like freaking gps etc but other than that I don't have a name for it.
this is the most childish immature topic ive read today...
anyway, i named my NUVI 660, "Navi".. like the fairy companion of Link in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time series.
although i catch myself saying 'dammit/shut up Jill!' (or whichever's voice i choose) a few times when i miss a turn and it tells me the most annoying, 'recalculating'.
oh and my corolla has a name too =)
I keep mine on the British
I keep mine on the British accent and its like my fantasy crush, Mary Poppins, is right there to guide me on adventures. Now if it only would sing "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
Wow! Some of you guys (and gals) are way more creative than me, with your name choices. I just call my 360 Karen, the name of the voice she usually speaks to me with.
I also find her very frustrated when I miss (or ignore) one of her directions. I swear I can hear a heavy sigh after my third or fourth missed turn, just before she says "Recalculating"
I refer to my 550 as "Zumina". My wife hasn't named her's yet.
I call mine Sheila because I am using the Australian female voice and Sheila is an Australian slang term for girls.
I don't have a name for it, but it has been a great tool for me. i found lakes i never knew excited so i guess i will call it LIFE SAVER
We've had our Street Pilot 2720 for about a year now. My wife named it Ingrid right away. Just this past week I purchased a Nuvi 750. Can't wait to see what we start calling it!
I've always referred to my 76CSx as my GPS - as in, "Now where did I set down my GPS?".
Now that I'll have two units I'll likely refer to the new unit as "the Nuvi" if I need to differentiate between the units. If it's the only one on hand I'll refer to it as "the GPS". (I find GPSr to be too much trouble to say and it seems to confuse folks.)
Not real exciting am I?
My daughter just calls our 660 "Jill" because it's the voice that we use. So Jill it is.
If I had to pick a name for mine, I'd probably call it "expletive".
...that's usually why I'm referring to it in the first place.
Maybe it deserves a bit of praise
I call all my 'toys' FRED.
My GPS `s name is homacidaljelly
Some of these names listed are great!
I just call my GPS "my Garmin"
My wife calls it "Jeeves" because I have the Brit voice selected and she thinks he sounds like a butler.
My daughter says just "turn it off".
Some day they will be glad we have a GPS. Some day.
Sometime it is "she", sometimes it is "you b***h! Depends on the occasion and how many times she tells me, repeatedly, in a few minutes, that she is recalculating.
Altho, I have to admit, sometimes, when I am really lost and kind of lonely on an old two lane highway, and kind of feelin' fragile like I am the only person in the world out here on these dark empty roads... I call her 'darlin'.
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