Friday, October 23, 2009

Unintentional Literalism?

I've run across two of my favorite product names this morning. I have no idea where the names originated, but I think they're both particularly fitting.

First we have Onan, the generator manufacturer. Might there be any connection to the biblical story where God struck down Onan with lightning for spilling his seed?

And how about Omron, the folks who made some of the first cash registers with pictures of hamburgers and different sized sodas, for the cashier who has trouble with numbers. It's only one little letter-swap from Moron!

Any other names out there that I should add to my list?


Tom said...

I love the Omron one! Thank you for pointing that out. :)

Eric said...

I hate to think of what Onan's logo might look like.

But I would like to think that the company's name originated in all the times the company founder, as a young man, had to stop tinkering with old electrical components because his dad shouted, "Stop whacking off with all that crap in the garage and come help your mother!"

Anonymous said...

Re: your first: I saw it in March on Craigslist, advertising "new &improved model".
The ad is not there anymore, but you can guess the gist from the comment thread.