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    vwrob is offline Newbie
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    Default What is the diffrence between a "thing" and "thinge"

    I have just had an email debate with a web site administrator regarding the use of the word they have as their company name
    The site is called Mythinge but there is no such word ending with an e that I could find

    Can you have a "thing" that ends with an e "mythinge"

    I am still convinced there should be no "e" at the end

    VWR

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    Default Re: What is the diffrence between a "thing" and "thinge"

    I'm guessing that either "MyThing.com" was already taken, so he added the "E", or he put the "E" there to symbolize "e-commerce." Either way, a company called "My Thing" (or "Thinge") doesn't say "insurance" to me.

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    Default Re: What is the diffrence between a "thing" and "thinge"

    Ouisch,

    You are completely right in what we did, however there is a little more detail that you may find interesting

    We spent some time trying to come up with a name for the site and, as you say, many, many names are already registered as Domain Names.

    Mary, our chief programmer, said, one day "I need a name for the insurance thing", because it's quite tricky (not impossible) to test code on a server which only has an IP address.

    So I registered the name "theinsurancething.com". There remained two problems:

    - Under European Law, one cannot register a trademark that is solely a "descriptive name", so it was going to be problematical to get a trademark approved on that name.

    - The intention is that the site will provide more services than insurance over the next couple of years.

    We kicked around variants of the "thing" name, and ended up with "MyThingy.com" - as in the metasyntactic variable "thingy". However, MyThingy.com was already registered as a domain.

    We kept the pronounciation, but changed the Y to an E to, as you so rightly surmise, symbolise e-business.

    Hence, MyThingE.com.

    The European Law point answer vwrob's original question - the name was deliberately picked so that it was NOT an English word. The name "MyThingE" is deliberately a proper noun.

    Mark Harrison,
    Chief Technology Office,
    MyThingE.com ltd., registered in England and Wales Company No. 06091049

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    Fascinating! It's good to know what's happening behind the scenes.

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    Default Re: What is the diffrence between a "thing" and "thinge"

    It's a shame mythingy has gone as that is the spelling I would use if I had just heard the URL.

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    Default Re: What is the diffrence between a "thing" and "thinge"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's a shame mythingy has gone as that is the spelling I would use if I had just heard the URL.
    Indeed.

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