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It's chaise longue, bozo -- as in long chair.
Your argument is about two hundred years too late, English speakers haven't said long chair in a long time. It is lounge as in lazy.
I would buy a clone in a second if the company wouldn't be obliterated before my warranty ended. But it won't happen because the aesthetic merits of a Macintosh,iPod,iPhone,iWhatever, would be cheapened by low end consumer bullshit... Which is how Apple would see it and rightly so. It is trite, but a Lexus LX is cooler than a Land Cruiser. Pretty much the same car, but the price and packaging is different. One you take offroad and have fun in, the other you can too but most want to be seen in it (i.e no dust). Shit, maybe Apple should do as Toyota. Make cheap computers under another name for a separate demographic.
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Disclaimer: I drive a real Land Cruiser not the mallrat FJ80/UZJ100/200 in my analogy. And found despite the FAQs you can run OS X on a Toshiba 1135.