(Picture: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
(Picture: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Starved for conversation with a friend of a friend I’d rather awkwardly been left to talk to while our mutual went to the bar the other Friday night, I decided to ask:

So, you know that thing you use to change the television channel? What do you call it?

Then came a reply I could never have predicted:

The doofler.

From that moment on it became my mission to find out what all my friends, colleagues and acquaintances called the remote.

I even kept a note in my iPhone.

But, after one respondent said ‘woozer’...

.... and another ‘the archie’...

… I reluctantly turned to google and discovered we apparently have 50 different names for the remote control in the UK.

According to a 2013 survey of 1,000 people by the critically acclaimed NetVouchercodes.co.uk these are the most-widely used names for the switcher:

The remote

The flipper

The doo-dar

The clicker

The switcher

The dooberry

The dangle

The thing

The thingy

The whajamacallit

The thingymajiggy

The hopper

The stick

The do-for

The foogangle

The flapper

The remote control

The controller

The zapper

The whatsit

The dingle

The clacker

The wand

The yeti

The changer

The thingmajig

The blaster

The zipper

The dongle

The blibber

The black box

The melly

The plonker

The didge

The buttons

The ‘mote

The trolls

The hoofer-doofer

The flicky

The doflicky

The onner-offer

The hum dinger

The gizmo

The tuner

The converter

The binky

The infer

The oojimeflip


What's more, there seems to be a legitimate north/south divide when it comes to what we call that thing which changes the channel.

From my huge pool of around 31 people - approximately 40 per cent of which were from north of Birmingham - those hailing from the south were more likely to say 'remote', and those from the north were dead set on the 'zapper'.

One friend called it the Dave, but I guess the less said about that the better.

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