What’s in a (company) name?

We’ve all read about Iceland going into meltdown, but This news story from last Sunday’s Observer amused me no end. An Icelandic company called Arev is going down the tubes. Nothing particularly surprising about that during this time of recession, but what’s amusing is that Arev and its sister company Kcaj are named after Coronation Street veterans Jack and Vera […]

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God is my brother

As the Olympics draws to a close, this is possibly my favourite related piece of trivia. One of the US athletics team, making her debut at the Olympics was a 400m hurdler called Queen Harrison. In fact, her full name is Queen Quedith Earth Harrison. Now the emergence of off names in America has been catalogued many times before, I […]

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Initial thoughts

So Sir Arthur C Clarke, godfather of science fiction and prophet, died this week. One thing that always struck me was how much more interesting Mr Clarke sounded because his name had that extra ubiquitous middle initial. Initials are amazing things – they can give boring names an air of mystery and they can depersonalize so that no-one but their […]

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