Here's a tasty website I just discovered (thanks, Mike Pope!): Trademork, "dedicated to shining a light on interesting, odd and controversial trademark filings." Lots of terrific stuff here, but today's post on "Worst Word Mashup Trademark Filings"--the one Mike forwarded--deserves a trademark of its own.
A few examples should suffice:
PORNLYWEDS - Evans Entertainment Corporation
Pornographic scenarios involving newlyweds or performers acting as newlyweds? “Let’s try it again, only can you act a little more like you just got married? And…ACTION!”
ENTREMANEUR - Charting New Courses, Inc.
Entrepreneurs who also happen to be men? Mork would suggest choosing a name that doesn’t sound like “manure”.
COLLABONEERING - Innovative Analytics & Training LLC
Collaborative engineering? Mork wishes he was a collaboneer so he could go collaboneering.
WEBUME - Thomas J. Jalbert, Individual
Web resume? Go ahead, say it. Webume. You sound like a French Elmer Fudd trying to say “Rubbermaid”.
Oh yes, there's more. And if you know of other bad mashups (remember, they have to be trademark filings, not just random portmanteaus--although there certainly are a lot of bad examples in the latter category), leave a comment and share the cringe.