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Wal-Mart to change its name

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8:29 pm on Jun 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, it will change from Wal-Mart to Walmart.

I have found the darn dash for years. It's stupid. Typical style books say companies can have their name spelled like they want it, but my argument was always this should be the exception.

Oh, and there is going to be a new logo, too. "...white letters on a burnt-orange background followed by a white starburst."

Here's the link:
[online.wsj.com...]

12:14 am on June 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Does Wal-Mart's move have broader meaning for our hyphenated web-sites?

Hyphens are tumbling into oblivion from their zenith in the 19th century. Then they were really some-thing; as necessary as the semi-colon.

Undoubtedly Wal-Mart was the world's largest user/buyer of hyphens.

Wonder what more-modern options they considered? Wal...Mart, perhaps.

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Before, it was Wall <pause> Mart. Now it's just walmart.

I sometimes prefer to use hyphens in domain names where there is a repeated letter. For example yankees-store.com instead of yankeesstore.com

Wal-mart (or Walmart, i should say) seems to be a sucessful company, so I don't doubt that they did their homework before sporting the new logo.

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The expertsexchange versus experts-exchange thing was a good example of prudent hyphen use :)
4:58 pm on June 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think it's now pronounced Walm-art.

I love it:

The expertsexchange versus experts-exchange thing was a good example of prudent hyphen use :)

I used to use Wal-Mart (oops, I mean, Walmart) as an example of how it not so important what you name your company or newspaper column. McDonald's is a silly name for a fast-food place, etc.

But, this turned on me as people then wanted to name their companies stupid names.

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The expertsexchange versus experts-exchange thing was a good example of prudent hyphen use

Ha ha.. no doubt.
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McDonald's is a silly name for a fast-food place, etc.

But, this turned on me as people then wanted to name their companies stupid names.

McD was named for the two brothers who started the first location in San Bernadino in the 40s. Ray Kroc and the modern corporation arrived much later.

I guess the Scottish name implies thrifyness... and yummy haggis, an early menu item replaced by fries in 1957 (just kidding)

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Back in the day I would order a Big Mac, Yummy Haggis, and a bottle of Coke .
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I ordered a Big Mac, Yummy Haggis, and a coke to get the combo price and then threw away the Big Mac.
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The expertsexchange versus experts-exchange thing was a good example of prudent hyphen use

Indeed. Sadly, nothing to be done about therapist.com

6:55 pm on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yummy Haggis

Ok, what the heck is a Haggis?

8:01 pm on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I understand it's an acquired taste if you're not from Scotland. :)
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It's actually very tasty but full of fat, probably even more than a big mac. (I love it.)

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I am happy to see this thread getting exactly the respect it deserves!
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Woops. OK back on topic.
7:36 pm on July 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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From wiki:
There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.

Ugh... "yummy" haggis? Wow.

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Think of Scottish chop suey.
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Wonder what more-modern options they considered? Wal...Mart

I think this deserves more thought. I'll go second:

wal¦mart

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There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.

No Thanks; I will stick with the Big Mac. However I have been to London twice and can't say I spent much time in a McDonald's over there, but I think I passed by them a few times. They sell this on the menu?

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LOL, no I don't think they really sell haggis in McDonalds, certainly not in England anyways. I haven't been to a McD in Scotland though...?
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Sorry, no haggis in Scotland's McDonald's either, just the normal unhealthy rubbish that is available Worldwide.

I remember on my first trip to the USA a few years ago I went to a McDonald's because I rather naively thought that I had to try the "genuine" US article. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I got exactly what they serve over here.

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Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I got exactly what they serve over here.

rofl, that is funny. :)

BTW, if someone for some strange reason were to Google "Wal-mart haggis", guess who pops up #3.

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BTW, if someone for some strange reason were to Google "Wal-mart haggis", guess who pops up #3.

Gad, and just to think that a few days ago, for the first time, I revealed my identity on WW to someone in RL.

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Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I got exactly what they serve over here.

Ah, the power of the franchise. I was in Crete a few years back and having arrived right around lunch time and not having my bearings yet of where I was at I decided McDonald's was a safe bet, plus I figured it would be different somehow. It wasn't. How boring. It was also deserted at lunchtime but was the clearly the main place to be at night! Apparently it was the only one on the entire island. We Americans are spoiled with one of these being on practically every corner.

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Crete has one of the most healthy diets in the world - ranks alongside the Japanese - but McDonald's will change all of that. It's a real shame.

BTW, no Wal-Marts in Crete.

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BTW, no Wal-Marts in Crete.

Yet, but if a McDonald's is there I am sure a Wal-Mart, oops I mean Walmart will be coming soon.

Crete has one of the most healthy diets in the world

Most Mediterranean diets are very healthy. My wife is Cypriot and cooks pretty healthy stuff most of the time, except for the pastries, those I am sure offset most of the good stuff I eat the rest of the time :)

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I just saw a TV commercial for Walmart (one word) and their new starburst logo. It can be found on their website. So I guess it's official.
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rofl @ the thought of Haggis being served in McD's :)