CatchThis Blog / name origin

Alex Kelley

November 19, 2015

I’m going to give you 10 original company names and the date these companies were founded. How many do you recognize? Answers below, no peeking! 1) Electric Suction Sweeper Company (1908) 2) Precision Optical Industry Co. Ltd (1934) 3) PC’s Limited, (1984). 4) AuctionWeb, (1995) 5) United Fruit Company (1899) 6) Pacific Aero Products Co […]

Mark Skoultchi

March 3, 2009

I love Mental Floss — Everyone should read it. They ran a fun naming piece yesterday on the origins of eight high-tech brand names. The brand names origins they illuminate include: TiVo, Bluetooth, Hulu, Blackberry, Wii, Wikipedia, Asus (um, what?), and Prius. The post is a fun one, giving origin stories that savvy name aficionados […]

Mark Skoultchi

November 9, 2007

I’ve been experimenting with Pandora lately, that increasingly popular music matching website otherwise known as the “music genome project”. Pretty cool stuff actually. So far, fairly accurate. It hasn’t once suggested I’d like The Who (sorry sorry – inside joke). Most people have some idea of who Pandora was, or at least they know something […]

Mark Skoultchi

November 5, 2007

At a recent client meeting, Burt and I learned that Bluetooth wasn’t just an abstract brand name. It turns out that the Bluetooth brand name has a story to tell. According to Wikipedia, the source of all things good and true, Harald Bluetooth was a tenth century King of Denmark whose legacy includes uniting (if […]


October 28, 2004

Who came up with the word “cookie”? Who named spam “spam”? Did you know that the term “booting a computer” was inspired by the story of Baron Munchhausen? Check out the list of computer terms in the Wikipedia. The Oxford English Dictionary Online contains more than half a million words and definitions and adds at […]

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