Brand muf­fin’: hon­or­able men­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE -

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Sor­rygame butis a a good bad name name for for a an board in­sur­ance com­pany. (Nancy Della Ro­vere, Sil­ver Spring)

Beanie Ba­bies is a good name for stuffed an­i­mals, but a bad name for a Jewish preschool. (Ed­ward Gor­don, Austin)

Canon is a good name for a cam­era, but a bad name for a cam­era brought to school by a Mus­lim teen in Texas (Melissa Bal­main, Rochester, N.Y.)

Dr Pep­per may be a good name for a soda, but it’s a bad name for eye­drops. (Miles Bor­rego, Ger­man­town, a First Of­fender)

Five Guys is a good name for a burger joint but a bad name for an online dat­ing site (Craig Dykstra, Cen­tre­ville)

Golden Cor­ral is a good name for a buf­fet res­tau­rant but a bad name for an as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­ity. (Hildy Zam­pella, Falls Church, a First Of­fender)

Rite Aid is a good name for a phar­macy, but not an edit­ing ser­vice. (May Jam­pathom, Oakhurst, N.J.)

Trump is a good name for a place full of slot ma­chines, but you might want to avoid it in a place full of vot­ing ma­chines. (Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase)

The Sor­bonne: Great name for a univer­sity, bad name for a bi­cy­cle seat. (Anne Hodgkin­son, Utrecht,

the Nether­lands)

Jan­i­tor in a Drum is a good name for a house­hold cleaner but a bad name for an im­mi­grant-smug­gling com­pany. (Elden Carnahan, Lau­rel)

5-Hour Energy is a good name for a caf­feine drink but a bad name for an elec­tric com­pany. (Dud­ley Thompson, Cary, N.C.; Kris­ten Rah­man)

Tur­key Hill is a good name for ice cream, a bad name for the U.S. Speak­ing of, uh, in­aus­pi­cious names for things: We’re not en­dors­ing him, ex­actly, but we couldn’t help but send one of our Loser mugs to Carl R. Loser, a can­di­date for Vir­ginia state Se­nate from the Rich­mond area. We hope he’ll want to get rid of a shirt or two af­ter the elec­tion. (By the way, his name rhymes with “poser.”)

Capi­tol.AAA is a (Dud­ley­good name Thompson)for an au­to­mo­bile­name for a breast as­so­ci­a­tion, aug­men­ta­tion­but a bad clinic. (David Bal­lard, Re­ston)

Ap­ple Watch is a mat­ter-of-fact name for Ap­ple’s watch, but a bad name for a still-life art class. (Jen­nifer Dickey, Sil­ver Spring)

Bazooka Joe is a good name for bub­ble gum but a bad name for an anti-flat­u­lence pill. (Bren­dan Beary, Great Mills, Md.)

Cracker Bar­rel is a good name for a res­tau­rant but a bad name for a ship­ping com­pany. (Cameron De­Lap, Fair­fax, a First Of­fender)

Fal­staff is s good name for a beer but a bad name for an ED med­i­ca­tion. (Rob Huffman, Fred­er­icks­burg)

Purell is a good name for a hand san­i­tizer but a bad (if ac­cu­rate) one for a Bri­tish air­port. (Marni Pen­ning Coleman, Falls Church)

Su­per Soaker is a good name for a wa­ter gun but a bad name for a mort­gage com­pany. (Jesse Frankovich, Lans­ing, Mich.)

Gre­cian For­mula is a good name for hair dye but a bad name for a bro­ker­age. (Kris­tan Rah­man)

When you think about it, CBS is a ter­ri­ble name for a TV net­work, (Ken Gallant, Con­way, Ark.) See more hon­or­able men­tions in the online In­vite at bit.ly/in­vite1144. Still run­ning — dead­line Mon­day night, Oct. 12: Our Ask Back­wards con­test, in which we give 15 an­swers and you write the ques­tions. See bit.ly/in­vite1143.

COUR­TESY OF CARL LOSER

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