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October 27, 2006

When Words Signify Something Other Than What You Meant Them To


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When deciding on a name, such as a company for example, there is a thing called "the embarrassment factor" as was explained to me once by a professor. For example, my university needs to change its mascot and, since this is a former coal mining area, once considered the "Indiana Miners." However, since this institution already has a reputation as party school that it is trying desperately to reverse, the homonym "minors" is what comes to the ear first (for some) thus upping the embarrassment factor.

These similar gems were sent to me recently by e-mail. I do NOT know the original source of them at this time (if you know, leave a comment please and I'll give credit where credit is due). They are NOT sites with intentionally vulgar-sounding names, but it seems to come off that way when you read their name as a one-word web addy. If you are easily offended by the English language then don't click continue. Otherwise . . .

All of these are legitimate companies that didn't spend quite enough time considering how their online names might appear ... and be misread.

These are not made up. Check them out yourself!

1. "Who Represents" is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity. Their Web site is www.whorepresents.com

2 . "Experts Exchange" is a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at www.penisland.net

4. Need a therapist? Try "Therapist Finder" at www.therapistfinder.com

5. There's the "Italian [Italia] Power Generator Company," www.powergenitalia.com

6. And don't forget the "Mole Station Native Nursery" in New South Wales, www.molestationnursery.com

7. If you're looking for "IP Computer Software," there's always
www.ipanywhere.com

8. The "First Cumming Methodist Church" Website is www.cummingfirst.com

9. And the designers at "Speed of Art" await you at their Web site,
www.speedofart.com

So, how does YOUR mind work? My thanks to the person that sent these to me (identity anonymous).

See you on the web,

Lee

Posted by lhobbs at October 27, 2006 10:43 AM

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