Re: Petition about the Firefox trademark problem
Sjoerd Hiemstra wrote:
I think we should not add meaning to the names chosen for things outside
of the context in which they were chosen. If the name was specifically
chosen to imply something, then that's what the name means; if not, then
it simply doesn't have those connotations.
BTW, I remember someone who was not interested in the Red Hat distro
"because I don't like that stupid red hat". I now know that 'red hat'
has more meanings and symbolism than just a red colored hat (Google for
'red hat' without the word 'linux'), and I suspect that there are many
such things that non-native English speakers don't know about.
The redhat reference above, is a good example. When Marc Ewing founded
his company the name was taken from a "red hat" his grandfather had
given him (see
meaning beyond that is simply illogical.