Anyone know anything named DX? (was Re: Announcing PyCs)

Carlos Ribeiro carribeiro at
Thu Sep 9 14:14:34 CEST 2004

There are professional tools that go much farther than this -- they
not only generate words, but also check:

a) if the word has no offensive meaning on several languages (yes, it
happens, and one has to be really careful);
b) if the word is pronounceable for native speakers of different languages.

It could potentially also check if the word was registered, but I
don't know if they have done that still (it would need access to
trademark databases that probably is not widely available).

I once read a report from Gillete regarding the branding strategy used
for its Mach product. They used this type of service to generate three
good options for a worldwide brand, and selected Mach. I don't
remember the other options but they were quite good sounding too.

On Tue, 07 Sep 2004 03:26:48 -0400, Leif K-Brooks <eurleif at> wrote:
> Roger Binns wrote:
> > I did actually send an email to Google labs suggesting they come
> > up with an "naming" tool where you could suggest what style of
> > name you wanted (eg scientific, Italian, computery) and it would
> > generate random strings of that form with no entries in the
> > index.  They never responded.
> That actually wouldn't be very hard to do on your own. You'd just have
> to get long word (phrase?) lists for each type of name (and maybe a
> general list that'd be used for all types), then use Markov Chains to
> generate a name from one of the lists. Then check how many results you
> get from the Google API, and generate a new one if there are any.
> Maybe I'll try it next time I'm in the mood to code something random...
> --

Carlos Ribeiro
Consultoria em Projetos
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