The Google Chrome extension Coincidence Detector, which has since been removed from the Chrome store, identified Jews and other “anti-white” individuals. The Coincidence Detector detected based on a regularly updated database of names. The browser extension had a White Supremacist user base and following.
If the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has its way, the world’s periodic table will have four new names added. Planned for the lower right-hand corner, the names of the new chemical elements are moscovium (Mc); nihonium (Nh), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og). According to the IUPAC rules, elements must be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a scientist, one of their physical or chemical properties, or a place. The name for element 113, for example, was derived from the Japanese word “Nihon” or “Japan”. After much debate, this name won out over its leading competitor, “Japonium”. By the same token, Elements 115 and 117, owe their names to the toponyms “Moscow” and “Tennessee”. Unless there are major objections, these chemical monikers will become officially enshrined in the table this coming Autumn.
Recently, angry demonstrators armed with banners rallied in front of the Consulate General of Japan. What was the fight over? If you ask the protesters, they would probably answer history, culture, identity, and corporate bullying. At the center of the firestorm is the name of a cute, little, yellow, red cheeked…uh…critter named Bei Ka Chiu aka Pikachu. If Nintendo has its way, this beloved figure will be known the world over Pei Ka Yau in Cantonese.
From the 1st to the 2nd of December 2016, an international interdisciplinary conference on lexicography will be held in Paris, France. Visit the website for more information (in French) about this event.
From the 3rd to the 4th of November 2016, the 3rd International Lexicography Symposium will be hosted in Eskişehir, Turkey. The deadline for abstract submissions in the 1st of July 2016. Visit their website for more on the topics of interest, guest speakers, and registration.
Any idea what the most popular country domain name in the internet is today? If you guessed the United States, Germany, or India, you’re way off base. With more than 31 more registered addresses the most popular toponymic domain name is…Tokelau. Never heard of it? Learn what Tokelau has what so many other nations don’t.
At the recent meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names / Société canadienne d’onomastique in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Carol Lombard delivered the keynote address on her doctoral research about cattle brands in Montana.
In 2012, after a seven-year battle with the NCAA, the North Dakota men’s hockey team finally acquiesced and officially changed their team name to the “Fighting Hawks”. The North Dakota voters overwhelmingly supported the name change. However, as a quick look in the stands of a hockey game shows, diehard fans have remained resistant to the change. The team’s older name, The Fighting Sioux, remains stubbornly popular among many team fans.