|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Wordplay and fun » Brand name troubles Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#99981 - 04/16/03 07:27 AM Brand name solutions
Loc: lower upstate New York
Anu's wife, Stuti, runs a company that handles precisely this type of challenge. [is this a commercial no-no, Jackie? If so, please delete for me].
#99982 - 04/16/03 09:40 AM Texaco (or perhaps Exxon)
Loc: Marion NC
I thnk it was Esso who proved that a big oil company didn't have to be Humble._________________________
#99983 - 04/16/03 10:02 AM Re: Brand name troubles
Loc: Somewhere outside New York
Any other examples?
Yes, In Ostraylya there used to be a brand of sticky tape called Durex. It must have been a bugger to get off. fnar, fnar.
I think it's changed its name now.
#99984 - 04/16/03 11:35 AM Re: Brand name troubles
useful for sticking up the sign that says, "Buy me and stop one!"
#99985 - 04/16/03 12:38 PM Re: Brand name troubles
>The Nova story is also pre-internet and has been fairly well demolished.<
Yes, I am quite familiar with the bogus Nova story....precisely why I added my note regarding the origin of the Enco story. It was some 30 years ago, and as I mentioned, there was no Internet to perpetuate a story like that. Besides, I just feel in my heart of guts that Paul Harvey would not have broadcast a bogus story. But, then I was but a mere child at the time and could have misunderstood the whole thing.....
#99986 - 04/16/03 01:06 PM Re: Enco
I did look up enko in a Japanese-English dictionary this morning. Didn't have time to make a detailed research attempt. What I *did find didn't look all that problematic. Don't remember what it was.
The internet didn't create urban legends; it just makes them easier to propagate. They used to get passed around on mimeographed sheets. POSH from Port Out Starboard Home predates the internet by many a year.
I think I heard the Nova story around thirty years ago, too, for that matter.
#99987 - 04/16/03 02:25 PM Re: mis-translation
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
The other one I know that can't be substantiated is the salted crackers which didn't sell well in France when marked as "Biscuits Sale" which without the correct accent ( that I don't know how to put on the above e) means dirty crackers.
#99988 - 04/16/03 02:39 PM Re: Dirty crackers
They sell Dirty Potato Chips® in the USA.
#99989 - 04/16/03 02:45 PM Re: Dirty crackers
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Mud flavoured chips, hmmm.They have to be as good as the ketchup flavored ones in England.
A Dutch friend travelling in the southern US asked for chips and was given a little bag of , to her, crisps. She managed to confuse everyone by responding. "No, no, I want chips. You know, the things you eat with mayonaise."
#99990 - 04/16/03 02:55 PM Re: Chips aka French Fries
Loc: New England, USA
Chips (French Fries) with MAYONNAISE ?
GAAaaaaaarrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkk © !
Forum Stats 8836 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members Jeannine, JimHarbor, treponim, Esmith, EvanescentBlue
8836 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (wofahulicodoc), 37 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 88 wofahulicodoc 82 LukeJavan8 72 A C Bowden 48 May 3 tsuwm 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10530 LukeJavan8 7360 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5723 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith