This week's question: Researchers in Britain have warned that young children who grow up relying heavily on smartphones and tablets start school lacking the hand strength needed to hold a pencil and write. Please come up with a medical term to describe the hand-weakening syndrome that is afflicting these young "digital natives."
THE WINNER: "Acute thumbosis"
Sharon Townley, Vero Beach, Fla.
SECOND PLACE: "Smarthritis"
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
THIRD PLACE: "Awristed development"
James A. Gollata, Manitowoc, Wis.
Richard Branch, Bradenton, Fla.
Tim Mistele, Coral Gables, Fla.
Paula Luria, Lunenburg, Mass.
"Something's not write syndrome"
J. Earl Williams, Evans, Ga.
"Slight of hand"
David Werner, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Robert J. Mitchell, Kenosha, Wis.
"Thumb thing's wrong"
Dave Ferry, Purvis, Miss.
"The cursive curse"
Tom Gradowski, San Jose, Calif.
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Stuart Burkhoff, Great Neck, N.Y.
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, N.C.
Phyllis Klein, New York City