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January 01, 2007

Banned Words for 2007: Clean Up Your Web 2.0 Vocab for the New Year

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 1/01/2007 02:38:00 AM
New Years is a great time to clean up your vocabulary. The Lake Superior State University published its list of most annoying words that should be banned in 2007 in the World that is now 2.0. Web 2.0 companies can take some advice on how not to name your companies for the New Year. I give you some Web 2.0 comments from a venture capital perspective.

Lake Superior State University 2007 List of Banished Words
(Annonated with Mr Wave Theory's 2007 List of Banned Web 2.0 Words and Phrases)

-- The US military's shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive.

"When did the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base change to 'Gitmo,' a word that conjures up an image of a fluffy and sweet character from a Japanese anime show?" -- Marcus W., St. Louis, Missouri.

GitMo - sounds like a Web 2.0 flameout that couldn't raise second round funding. Most likely started out as a two companies Git.com and Mo.com that ran out of funding and merged to combine to form GitMo. Then, made a comeback and sold to eBay for a million billion dollars.

COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES -- Celebrity duos of yore -- BogCall (Bogart and Bacall), Lardy (Laurel and Hardy), and CheeChong (Cheech and Chong) -- just got lucky.

"It's bad enough that celebrities have to be the top news stories. Now we've given them obnoxious names such as 'Bragelina,' 'TomKat' and 'Bennifer.'" -- M. Foster, Port Huron, Michigan.

"It's so annoying, idiotic and so lame and pathetic that it's 'lamethetic.'" -- Ed of Centreville, Virginia.

Two Word Web 2.0 Company Names - YouTube, MySpace, and FaceBook. Every word in the dictionary has already be registered as a dot-com domain name, so the landrush began on two word dot-com domain names in the year that passed. These two word names are clearly overused and hackneyed. Word of advice: Stop with the 2-syllable Web 2.0 startup names. For 2007, it's time to grow up and to move on to 3 word dot-com company names like MyYearBook or MyBlogLog. Not wait, those are already taken. Scratch that. I meant 4 word dot-com names.

PWN or PWNED -- Thr styff of lemgendz: Gamer defeats gamer, types in "I pwn you" rather than I OWN you.

"This word is just an overly used Internet typo. It has been overused to the point that people who play online games are using it in everyday speech." -- Tory Rowley, Corunna, Michigan.

To Own or to be Owned - As a VC, I never quite understood why anyone would ever want to get "owned." I'd bet some venture capitalist on Sandhill Road made up that word. Most likely made up by a VC coming out of a heated term-sheet discussion, some VC goes, "I own you mother******. Hahaha. You got owned." Maybe its cuz I'm a VC. I never got what it meant to be "owned." Can someone explain to me what it means to be "owned." I would like toast to an "ownage"-free 2007.

i-ANYTHING -- 'e-Anything' made the list in 2000. Geoff Steinhart of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, says tech companies everywhere have picked this apple to the core. "Turn on…tune in…and drop out."

"Banish any word that starts with it. i am just tired of it. it's getting old. -- Brad Butler, Adrian, Michigan.

"Overused prefix"+ anything or anything + "overused suffix" - e-"blablablah" or "blablablah" dot com are so 2000 and no longer in vogue. Fast forward to 2007, what is in vogue are suffixes like "**** Mobile" or "Something ****kle," "Somethin else ****modo," "Useless word ****ista." I really never understood the fascination with these names that all sound so warm and fuzzy. Maybe they're so popular because the companies that have them really have nothing - except a great name.

SEARCH -- Quasi-anachronism. Placed on one-year moratorium.

"Might as well banish it. The word has been replaced by 'google.'" -- Michael Raczko, Swanton, Ohio.

I nominate "Google" as the most overused word for 2007. I can't stand it when people say "I googled ... " or "let's google ****." No offense but what does it mean "to google"? I would bet that 10 years from now, most people wouldn't even have ever heard of Google. Have you ever heard of Ingres? Borland? Or Ampex? The first reader who posts a comment on what these companies actually were and actually did gets extra credit for 2007.

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