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What's in a Name?
The reasons behind the names of various businesses and their products make for some fascinating stories. Some of them are even true . . .
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Mount Rainier in Washington State was so designated due to the influence of Rainier Brewery.
The name of the San Diego Wild Animal Park's Wgasa Bush Line railway was taken from a crude acronym.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth.
The name 'Aspirin' was taken from the terms 'acetylsalicylic acid' and 'spiraea ulmaria.'
The word nylon was formed by conflating the names 'New York' and 'London.'
The flush toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper.
chocolate cake comes from Germany.
The Japanese corporation known as Sony based its name on an acronym formed from 'Standard Oil of New York.'
The athletic shoe Adidas gained its name from an acronym for 'All Day I Dream About Sex.'
The word 'chad' comes from the "Chadless keypunch," so named after its inventor, a Mr. Chadless.
The discount chain E.J. Korvette took its name from a shortening of 'eight Jewish Korean War veterans,' the founding partners.
The popular urban sportswear clothier FUBU took its name from 'For Us By Us.'
Chef Boyardee was a fictional creation whose name was taken from the given names of the company's three founders: Boyd, Art, and Dennis
Baseball's championship is known as the "World Series" because it was originally sponsored by the New York World newspaper.
The Gap takes its name from the gay pride slogan "Gay and proud."
The lubricating spray WD-40 is so named because it was the product of the 40th attempt at creating a water displacing substance.
Coca-Cola's original diet cola drink, TaB, took its name from an acronym for "totally artificial beverage."
Bottled water giant Evian named its product as a sly dig at consumers.
Companies choose domain names with unintendedly risqué double meanings.
Life Savers candy was so named because its inventor's daughter died from choking on a non-holed mint.
UK power company chooses an unfortunate domain name for the web site of their Italian division.
Maybelline, the first commercial mascara, was named for a real person.
Gatorade was named for the Florida Gators, the University of Florida's football team.*
Men's underwear is referred to as 'BVDs' because the term is an abbreviation of the phrase 'Boy's Ventilated Drawers.'
7Up was named for the number of its ingredients.
Baby products company Graco took its name from the acronym for 'God Rewards All Christian Organizations.'
The Milky Way and 3 Musketeers candy bars were given the wrong names when their wrappers were inadvertently switched.
The origins of the name of the Canada Dry beverage company.
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