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Alex Kelley and Erin Milnes

April 4, 2017

We all remember the California Milk Processor Board’s famous question. But before we can ask ourselves if we’ve got milk, we need to agree on what milk is. A fellowship of US Congresspeople is pushing a bill (the DAIRY Pride Act) that would ban non animal-based drinks from being called “milk,” “yogurt,” or “cheese.” Are you […]

Erin Milnes

March 28, 2017

Catchword’s very own Laurel Sutton was consulted by WaPo reporter Hayley Tsukayama on Samsung’s selection of “Bixby” for its new AI assistant. If Samsung has its way, we’ll all be bellowing voice commands to “Bixby,” the company’s new voice assistant. Yet Bixby could be hard for some users to call upon because of the placement of […]

Mark Skoultchi

January 31, 2017

If you are a sports fan, or have ever lived with one, you know that true fans don’t just know their players’ names, numbers, and stats. They live and die with them every season. But, as arena-naming rights continue to sell to the highest bidder—however ludicrous the result—fans are losing their connection to what once […]

Alex Kelley

January 4, 2017

It’s been more than two years since the new gTLDs started to be released. Meant to provide companies and individuals with a plethora of options for where to register their domains, these extensions inspired betting left and right as to which would float, which would sink, and how much the gTLDs would be embraced by the […]

Erin Milnes

December 8, 2016

Catchword founder and executive creative director Maria Cypher was quoted in the CBC’s story on the new .eco top-level domain: Imagine sitting across from your friend at a pub, several pints in, with a big idea — one that could change the internet and maybe even help the planet. The prelude, perhaps, to nothing but a hangover. […]

Alex Kelley

December 6, 2016

Audi has had a few electric versions of their existing models for a while, using the descriptor “e-tron” to designate electronic (e.g., the Audi A3 e-tron). But now, they are gearing up to offer an all new, all-electric SUV that is simply called the Audi e-tron. Now that the brake screeching noise has cleared out of my brain, I […]

Alex Kelley

November 16, 2016

Donald J. Trump, a man who needs no introduction, is gearing up to launch a new line of hotels in 2017. They’re called “Scion Hotels.” The most conspicuous part of the name is actually an absence… where’s the T word? Why not give some nod to the name Trump, which has been the cornerstone of […]

Erin Milnes

November 9, 2016

The prestigious London International Awards (LIA) announced Monday that Catchword’s Mochidoki is a 2016 silver winner in the category of Naming (there were no gold winners in the category this year).  More than 30 entries from around the globe vied for the coveted awards in the brand new category of brand naming. Catchword developed the name […]

Erin Milnes

November 8, 2016

As we learned last time, onomastics is the linguistic study of names. The impact of names in the political realm is a topic of recent studies and is right up our alley at Catchword. Kaysitch? Kahsick? Pronounceability of candidate names Given the lowest-common-denominator nature of national politics, unusual names are clearly something to overcome at […]

Erin Milnes

November 4, 2016

Onomastics is the branch of linguistics that deals with names. (Yes, “onomastics” — slip that one into your next cocktail party conversation!) But the influence of names in the political arena has an effect far beyond that of linguistic observation. Studies of elections in California, North Dakota, Ohio, and other states have shown definitively that the order […]