this is probably a bit Peter Kay, but i was thinking before about how people used to have weird names for their telly remotes back in the day, maybe still do now. i tried explaining this to someone and they got all uppity and defensive, dunno why, was just a bit of harmless observo-bants.
anyway, i found this article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jun/17/britishidentity
boringly, ours was generally just 'the remote', as i guess was the case for most people, but i remember 'the plonker' was pretty common as well (as in "pass us the plonker, love").
'doo-bre-do'(sp?) seems pretty common down south, but probably for any inanimate handleable object. hashtagsimpletons#.
some people in the States call it a 'clicker', eh?
what was yours called, bossmans, mate, pal?
no indie points on offer here, but some definite knobcheese points for anyone who gets a bit Peep Show about it.
what a great thread.