Planet13 - 1:47 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
However, it's a certainty that the word is more than just something random that someone made up.
Well, according to wikipedia:
A few months after their launch, the company's name was changed from ShoeSite to Zappos (a variation of "zapatos," the Spanish word for "shoes") so as not to limit itself to selling only footwear.
So, full marks to buckworks for the catch.
they were also founded by money from venture capitalists.
Oh boy; right now, with the way the organic SERPs are going and with the amount of venture capital that is being used in start ups, I really don't know how us small sites are going to survive. I have to say I am probably about as pessimistic as I have been in 10 years...