RE: Capitalizing the 2nd letter of a word?

Subject: RE: Capitalizing the 2nd letter of a word?
From: John Wilcox <JWilcox -at- zetron -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 11:53:34 -0800

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Hart [mailto:ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca]

> You're missing a large part of the point here: It's generally not
> possible to trademark a common word, but as soon as you change the
> spelling in some clear and distinctive way, the word is now
> eligible to become a trademark. In the case of e-mail, the word has long
> entered widespread use, so it's too late to trademark it.

But eSeminar, eBook, ePublishing aren't trademarks, just nuisances.

I wasn't going to start that sentence with but, but I though ESeminar would
be doubly ridiculous.

> I certainly agree with you that this practice is annoying,
> but there's
> not a lot any of us can do about it. The powers that control the
> universe (aka "Marketing") don't pay any attention to us, and
> only the
> minority of the world who have taken up the profession of words will
> either notice or care enough to complain.

Fatalism is fatal. Worders of the world, unite.

John Wilcox, Technical Writer
Zetron, Redmond


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