CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 84 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 7.6.2020 BLOG 9th June 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 84 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 7th June 2020

How companies got their names.

1              Twitter   The creators of Twitter allegedly wanted a name that best represented what they did. They originally liked “twitch” but eventually preferred its synonym “twitter.”

2              Apple     At the time the company was named, Steve Jobs was following a fruitarian diet and was inspired after a visit to an apple farm

3              Starbucks              The popular coffee shop was named after a ‘Moby-Dickk’ character.

4              eBay      The company was owned by Echo Bay Technology Group but as the original URL Echobay was already taken, they had to shorten it to eBay.

5              Pepsi       The founders of the beverage brand derived the name from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

6              Adidas   The shoe, clothing, and accessory company was given the name Adidas in honor of the nickname of its founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler.

7              IKEA      The company’s name is an acronym combing the initials of founder Ingvar Kamprad with the initials of the place where he grew up, Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

8              Volkswagen          The name of the car translates to “people’s car” from German.

9              Google   The search engine gets its name from the mathematical term, googol, which is the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

10           Coca-Cola            The name supposedly comes from the coca leaves and kola nuts used in the original recipe.

11           Vodafone              The name combines the words voice, data, and telephone

12           Sony       The name was taken from the Latin word “sonus,” meaning sound, and was chosen because it can be easily pronounced in most languages.

13           Skype     Skype became a shortened form of the original name Sky Peer-to-Peer.

14           Häagen-Dazs       The founder of the ice cream company supposedly gave it a “Danish-sounding name” in tribute to Denmark’s exemplary treatment of the Jews during WWII.

15           Yahoo!  Yahoo! is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle” or “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

16           Nabisco The snack manufacturer combines its full name, National Biscuit Company, into the shortened form Nabisco.

17           LEGO     The name is a shortened form of the Danish phrase “leg godt,” meaning play well.

18           Verizon  Verizon is a combination of the words “veritas” (meaning “truth” in Latin) and “horizon.”

19           WD-40   The “WD” stands for water-displacing [spray] while the “40” indicates the number of trials necessary to manufacture the formula in the lab.

20           Spotify   During a name brainstorming meeting with cofounders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzen, Ek mistakenly heard an idea as “spotify” and they decided to stick with the random name.

21           Nokia     The company was named after the location where it started as a wood pulp mill, just outside of Nokia, Finland.

22           CVS Pharmacy    The name was originally Consumer Value Stores but was changed to the acronym CVS, standing for “customer, value, service,” by CEO Tom Ryan in 1996.

23           Kia          According to Kia’s website, “The word Kia has origins in the Chinese language with the first syllable Ki meaning to arise or come up out of.” The remaining “a” refers to Asia, so “Kia means to rise or come up out of Asia.”

24           Audi       The car manufacturer got its name from a translation of founder August Horch’s last name. Horch means “listen” in German, which then translates to “audi” in Latin.

25           Virgin Records     When Richard Branson and his business partner were first starting the company, they considered themselves to be “virgins in business.”

26           Blackberry            The name comes from the appearance of the keyboard—the black keys resemble the drupelets on the fruit.

27           Reebok  The name Reebok is derived from the Afrikaans word “rhebok,” which is the name of an antelope found on the African savanna. The founder’s grandson, Joe Foster, chose the word from a South African dictionary he won in a running race.

28           Nintendo               The gaming company’s name is Japanese and roughly translates to “leave luck to Heaven.”

29           Adobe    The company was named after the creek that ran through founder John Warnock’s property, Adobe Creek.

30           Sharp Corporation               The company was named after its first product, the ever-sharp mechanical pencil invented by Tokuji Hayakawa in 1915.

31           Sega       The name is short for Service Games of Japan, as the company’s earliest products were games manufactured for the US military based in the Pacific Rim.


Intermittently wet and cold day. One lot of grandchildren visited our back lawn for an hour. They sat under umbrellas as the rain came. They’d been to Sherwood Pines.


We visited our other grandchildren and sat in the rain on their lawn. Rory was rightfully proud of a Lego Darth Vader he had built. A gift he had left over from his October birthday.


Ewan meanwhile took Ducky and Bunny everywhere with  him, his Toy Story 4 pals.


We walked 3 miles. TV rubbish





Our success speaks enough.

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. — Bruce Feirstein



Happiness is…


Lady (to her doctor): “What l am worried about is my height and not my weight.”

Doctor: “How come?”

Lady: “According to my weight, my height should be 7 feet, 8 inches.”


Love is…Ebay



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