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What’s in a name?…

 whorepresents.com

 

 penisland.net

 

28 other unfortunate URLs at Bored Panda’s “30 Unintentionally Inappropriate Domain Names.”

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As we retreat to invocation of the saints, we might recall that it was on this this date in 1598 that The Merchant of Venice was entered on the Stationer’s Register.  The copyright regimen was strict in Elizabeth’s time, as is now.  But back then, copyright was literally that, the right to make a (first) copy:  the Queen, concerned with sedition and determined to keep a tight rein on any and all published material in her realm, had decreed that no work could be printed in England without a license from the Stationer.

Shakespeare– himself a nabob of naming– had written the play sometime between 1596 and 1598 (when a performance is mentioned by Francis Meres).  It wasn’t actually printed until 1600– in the First Quarto– by which time (the title page suggests) it had been performed “divers times.”

 Title page from the First Quarto (source)

Written by LW

July 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

Imminent Domain…

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It’s not too late, Dear Readers, to hoist oneself onto the web, and to become a contributing part of the 21st Century.  Indeed, Last Words Left is a handy place to begin:

We started with a list of the 100,000 most used words in the English language. We checked to see which were registered as .Com or .Net. These ones [conveniently listed on the site] are still available. The full list of 35,000+ available one word .Com and .Net domains can be found here.

Absurdest.net?  Parallelisms.com?  Zealousness.net?  One can take one’s pick here.  (Note that clicking on an available url takes one to GoDaddy, where the domain name can be registered…  one can of course register it elsewhere if one prefers…)

As we begin to worry about traffic and search engines rankings, we might recall that on this date in 1979 the first newspaper advertisement (for industrial machinery, as it happened) appeared in the Chinese Communist Party organ The People’s Daily. (Earlier that year the first post-Cultural Revolution newspaper ad had run in the Tianjin Daily, for Blue Sky toothpaste.)

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