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Whether it’s snack-food munchstrosities or funnified iPods, all of this belabored wordplay can get downright tiring. And to jaded consumers, too much linguistic innovation may appear to be papering over a deficiency in actual product innovation. These days, iPods aren’t as revolutionary as they once were, as new models show only incremental improvements. Apple should beware: If its advertising continues down this wordalicious path, its products may end up seeming as overhyped as the latest snacksperiment from the Doritologists.
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