An informal language experiment
I heard a random language observation somewhere on the Internet: Regional differences are emerging in the anglosphere for the term for “a small data storage device you plug into a computer’s USB port,” even though they’ve existed in the mainstream for about seven or eight years.
Here’s an informal, unscientific experiment: Write a comment on this post stating which term you usually use, and specify roughly where you live. Choose from the following:
- Flash drive
- Memory stick
- Thumb drive
- USB drive
- Another term (specify)
- I know what this is, but I don’t have a specific term for it
I’ll get the ball rolling: I say “flash drive,” and I’m from Southern California. What term do you use?