Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales at NameJet.
Without the added attraction of money, games of chance are a bit boring compared to games of skill or strategy. So it’s fair to assume LuckyGames.com (with its $9.5k high bid) stands for slot-machine-style gambling rather than chess, basketball, or mine sweeper. Luck rather devalues success, although lottery winners seldom tear up those oversized novelty checks.
NameJet’s #2 expired auction from the past week, BearClaw.com ($8.6k) was a bit overpriced for a pastry, which is what hungrier readers may think of first. Naturally, this phrase has other meanings. Indeed, it’s the brand name for a bakery, an old manufacturing firm, and a jewelry store. TransNet.com ($7.5k), as you might have guessed, corresponds to a .NET website – South African freight, it turns out. This name could as easily signal translation as transport and even brand some new venture, but experienced domainers will recognize that price as the shadow cast by one or more preexisting companies.
Right now, parents are Fondly.com ($2.5k) snapping photos of their chubby drooling offspring or else paying professionals to give unappreciative infants the star treatment. BabyPhoto.com ($4.9k) means clientele to thousands of photographers. Banerjee.com ($6.9k) and Tillier.com ($411) are surnames, while Eryun.com ($1.9k) and Kiril.com ($217) are first names. Prices certainly vary in that department. Ibsen.com ($1.7k) isn’t the Norwegian playwright; instead, it’s a Danish company that specializes in spectroscopy.
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WeRoll.com ($2k) is an untranslatable bit of vernacular. It’s derived from Americans’ obsession with automobiles, but it means something like “let’s go” or else (as part of “how we roll”) it signifies personal style – just as your car is supposed to. As if those layers of meaning aren’t enough, it may also denote rolling a cigar or a blunt. So WeRoll.com could be travel … or fashion … or cars … or marijuana. Speaking of slang, Mobling.com ($1.3k) is a blend of “mobile phone” and “mo’ bling”, making it an ostentatious cell phone. If this paragraph seems fairly obvious, my fellow Americans, remember that DNW has a global readership. If someone in Pakistan or Switzerland says “we roll” and talks about getting “mo’ bling”, then he knows his hiphop.
BismillahIrRahmanIrRahim.com ($510). Apparently, length doesn’t matter when the phrase is sufficiently important. Every muslim and anyone who has lived among muslims will know this phrase backwards and forwards: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم . Literally, it means “in the name of the Merciful, the Compassionate”. The Qur’an opens with this invocation to God, as do all but 1 chapter / sura within it. Of course, the phrase is used for religious occasions; but it would also be a polite way to begin many a formal speech or welcome viewers to a TV talk show. Even as a non-muslim, I’ve had occasion to say it.
ParaSaber.com ($1.1k) looks like Spanish for “to know”. True, but it’s Portuguese too; and there’s a Brazilian academic site built on the matching .BR. Viore.com ($474) is or was a trademarked TV brand. Temelin.com would be a Czech nuclear power plant. Erzincan.org ($80) a Turkish city and province. ORWine.com ($90) is the state of Oregon – not a handy alternative to sober facts. It’s interesting to observe that IOSU.com ($608) tripled the price of IASU.com ($219) during the same week. LLLLs peaked with a 1-key-over typo for the video game console: XBOC.com ($1.6k).
You will never guess what Cobentoniaus.com ($231) means. Truly jaw-dropping! The first person to post the solution wins a digital high five from me. Here is the old website. But before you peek at that clue to the riddle, torture yourself for a bit. This is now my favorite bad domain, hands down.
If you find your diet is lacking in opaque jargon, just read this article on Cobit.com ($1.4k), which abbreviates “Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology” – COBIRT, surely! And that would be Ernie. (Now there’s an allusion to separate the American readers from the non.)
Some human beings take an inordinate interest in their own bowel movements. If POOS.com ($1.5k) isn’t providing them with vanity email addresses (someone@POOS.com), then it had better be dumped on China where it can comfortably let go of those English connotations it has been packing. For, as an acronym, POOS.com is likely to be the butt of jokes.