Name that product

by Eszter Hargittai on January 14, 2004

Sometimes I wonder how companies come up with names for their products. I just noticed that the shower knob in my bathroom is called Monitor. (I just moved so most things at my place are new to me.) I guess that may seem innocent enough, but not after having just watched this episode of The Practice. In it, one of the characters finds out that her superintendent has been making video tapes of her in the shower (using a hidden camera in the vent) and has been posting these online. As if this wasn’t bad enough, we find out that there is nothing illegal about such videotaping as potentially relevant laws only apply to audio recordings. So it’s not that I’m overly paranoid, but I would’ve probably preferred a name with less meaning on my shower knob (except who runs around thinking about shower knob name preferences?!;).



Jeremy Osner 01.14.04 at 1:17 pm

It has always made me happy that the dominant brand of porcelain fixtures used in public restrooms here in NYC is “El Jer” — actually I think it is “Eljer”, but the logo looks like two separate words.


Shai 01.14.04 at 3:19 pm

funny. i do believe that many states already have laws about that sort of thing, and i do remember some federal bill in the news last year, but it was stacked with other nonrelated crap so I don’t know if it ever passed.


eszter 01.14.04 at 3:58 pm

Shai – that may very well be. I should’ve made it more explicit that the episode I was watching was a rerun from a few years ago so the laws may have changed since then. Thanks.


C.J.Colucci 01.14.04 at 4:21 pm

You really should do something about the mildewed grout. And your brand of shampoo is all wrong for your hair.


paul 01.14.04 at 4:54 pm

Is the drain plug perhaps named Merrimack?


eszter 01.14.04 at 4:54 pm

CJ – there are some factual errors in that comment, you must be confusing the videos.;)


Sue 01.14.04 at 6:13 pm

Paul ought to get a point for that.


Dan Simon 01.14.04 at 6:42 pm

The day after seeing “The Usual Suspects”, I noticed that the whiteboard eraser in my office was manufactured by a company called Quartet, in Skokie, Illinois….

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