Nugget of Knowledge: Product name game

SKYPE was originally SKYPER

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – LEGO combines the Danish words “Leg Got,” which means play well.

PEPSI got its name in 1898 from the word dyspepsia, which means indigestion, and Pepsi’s the cure. Caleb Bradham invented it. It was first called Brad’s Drink.

After 39 attempts in the lab to create WD 40, the company finally got it right. It means water displacement perfected on the 40th try.

REEBOK came from a Dutch/South African name for an antelope, rhebok. It’s meant to convey speed and grace.

SKYPE came from Sky Peer to Peer. That was shortened to SKYPER and then Skype.

VIRGIN AIRLINES: One of Richard Branson’s business associates said about founding an airline, “We’re complete virgins at this business.”

GOOGLE takes its name from the Googol. That’s a one followed by a hundred zeros. It was originally spelled Googol, but the check for the start up money spelled it GOOGLE, so they kept it that way!

HAAGEN DAZS the maker wanted his ice cream to sound old world and picked a Danish-sounding word, but it’s completely made up. It’s nonsense in any language.

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