Category Archives: Name Analysis

Budtenders vs. biketenders

Originally published Jul 31, 2015 Two recent neologisms based on the word bartender will be bandied about in Seattle this weekend, and The Name Inspector believes that comparing them might yield some interesting insights. The new words are budtender and biketender. A budtender is someone … Continue reading

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Weird startup names of 2014

Originally published Jan 5, 2015 The Name Inspector has been reflecting on last year’s startup names while sipping on what’s left of the apple peel bourbon he made for the holidays. He’s got to say, it seems like some of these companies … Continue reading

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Namificationology just got serious

Originally published Oct 13, 2014 The Name Inspector might seem a tad obsessed with company names that end with the -ify suffix (like Spotify). Last year he released a chart showing the crazy growth of this naming fad. And now here he is with … Continue reading

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Naming fad visualized: Did Spotify start it?

Originally published Jul 26, 2013 Back in 2011 The Name Inspector wrote a post about the proliferation of startup names that make creative use of the suffix -ify, such as Spotify. At the time he deemed the trend “disturbifying”, identifying about a dozen … Continue reading

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Fab is!

Originally published Jun 8, 2012 It’s been a while since The Name Inspector did a regular old post on a great name. So you know what’s a great name? Fab, that’s what. As in Fab.com, the daily-deal site that features … Continue reading

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Queasy living

Originally published Mar 13, 2012 Before the financial unpleasantness of recent years, and the attendant collapse in the housing market, developers were throwing up cheap condos all over Seattle trying to accommodate /capitalize on the growing population. Now you see … Continue reading

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Hmm, Pinteresting

Someone should write about the name Pinterest. Pause. Don’t you think someone should write about Pinterest? Pause. OK, it looks like The Name Inspector is going to have to do it. Pause. Sometimes it seems like he’s the only one who ever … Continue reading

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Achieve life goals and odd spellings beyond your wildest dreams!

Originally published Jan 30, 2012 The Name Inspector was amused–and appalled–to read in the New York Times about a website called Noomii. It’s a directory to help you find a life coach or business coach, and yes, it’s supposed to evoke the … Continue reading

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The name Kindle Fire: Hot or not?

Originally published Sep 29, 2011 At first glance, Kindle Fire seems like a pretty good name. It uses a thematically coherent naming strategy, similar to the one that Apple used when it named the Macintosh, presumably inspired by the apple variety McIntosh. … Continue reading

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Six letters, but at what price?

Originally published Sep 26, 2011 The Name Inspector was going to write a post about Qwikster, the terrible new name that Netflix has given to the movie-by-mail arm of its business. But really, what is there to say that Fritinancy hasn’t already … Continue reading

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