1. a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc. Compare watch pocket.
2. a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
3. the medallion or ornament itself.
Last boldfaced emphasis added by me.
It’s short, like “iPod.” It’s probably easily pronounced in all languages — like “iPod” is.
And, for the Apple haters, it has built-in derision under the alternate definition:
verb (used with object), fobbed, fob·bing.
1. Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
2. fob off,
a. to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on ): He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
b. to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.
And, bonus! It’s an abandoned trademark:
Goods and Services
(ABANDONED) IC 006. US 002 012 013 014 023 025 050. G & S: key fob(s) that will hold mp3 players, specifically but not limited to Apple IPOD players
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code
(4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
November 7, 2005
Original Filing Basis
(APPLICANT) Scott Winfield Griesman Jr. INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 5205 N. 24th St. #207 Phoenix UNITED STATES 85016
Type of Mark
November 28, 2006