A kid named ‘Google’ might get un­der some­one’s skin

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To­day’s ques­tion:

Would it be a trade­mark in­fringe­ment if some­one named their kid “Google”?

Google has all sorts of trade­marks on its prod­ucts and logo, but the word is in such wide­spread use as both a noun and verb that I don’t think it would mat­ter to them much if you gave your child the name.

It is even an ac­cept­able Scrab­ble word.

And you could al­ways claim you took the name from Bar­ney Google, a char­ac­ter in an old comic strip, which, be­lieve it or not, you can still find with other fun­nies at az­cen­tral.com.

The real ques­tion is why you would want to name a child Google.

That seems like sort of a cruel trick to me.

Upon fur­ther re­flec­tion, I have dis­cov­ered that in 2005, Walid Elias Kai, who has a doc­tor­ate in search en­gine mar­ket­ing, and his wife Carol, of Kal­mar, Swe­den, named their son Oliver Google Kai.

You’d have to ask them how that worked out for them and the boy.

About seven or eight years ago, on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, in two dif­fer­ent places, I saw two young women with “stuff ” un­der the skin on their arms. One looked like links of a chain and the other was some kind of paw print.

I re­mem­ber think­ing that tat­toos and pierc­ings weren’t enough and that this was go­ing to be the next craze. But I never heard any­thing about it nor have I seen any since.

What do you know about this crazi­ness? This has both­ered you all that time? It is called a mi­cro­der­mal im­plant, in which rhine­stones or some other stuff is planted be­neath the skin.

I found an ar­ti­cle from 2011 that said this would be the next big thing in body dec­o­ra­tions, but I can­not say if it ever re­ally caught on. It sounds kind of gross to me.

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