Once upon a time in the U.S.A., the popular acronym PDA meant only "public display of affection." But in 1992 there came a rival meaning. For any hapless soul who doesn't already know, it's the more solitary and clean "personal digital assistant." Here in our puritanical, capitalist culture, the first kind of PDA is an object of scorn, while the second is expensive.
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