« The Who | Main | Word of the Week: Grist »

March 08, 2013

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

To your point.... Nnnnooooo! Top Dog is now a pizza joint?

A random number of repeated letters also makes it tough to search online ("Was that pizza with two or five extra 'h's'?" Oh hell, let's Google Zachary's). And, Phhhoto reminds me of that ever wonderful epithet, "pfft."

You've misunderstood the Pizzahhh one, it's supposed to be conflating the word "Aaahhh" like Aaahhh that's good pizza.

It's a different phenomenon than the normal word elongation in your other examples.

Christine: I did understand that meaning. It's still word lengthening, and it's still a generic name!

I understand the point about adding letters, but why would "Pizzah", with just one extra "h", not be distinct from "Pizza"? Is "Psmith" the same as "Smith" legally?

John: If "Psmith" is pronounced "Smith," and if Psmith Co. sells goods in the same international class as Smith Co., the two names are considered identical, legally, and "Psmith" won't be able to get trademark protection. Likelihood of confusion is judged by several criteria, similarity of sound being one of them. The example given by the USPTO is "T.MARKEY" for shoes and "TEE MARQUEE" for shirts: "The marks are similar because they sound identical; and although the goods differ, they are considered related for the purposes of a likelihood of confusion analysis." http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/BasicFacts.pdf

It's pretty funny that the word lengthening in texts seems to balance out the concomitant abbreviating in texts so: "C u tmro! Byeeeeeeeeeee!"

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

My Photo

My Web Site

Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2012
Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2011
Top 10 Language Professionals Blogs 2010
Top 100 Language Blogs 2009

Your email address:


Powered by FeedBlitz

Bookmark and Share

Categories