SHYTE storm

 

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Kevin Richards, the Canadian chocolatier who founded SHYTE Chocolate in May 2017, is in on the joke.

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“A feline profanity”: Part 2

In Part 1 of “A Feline Profanity” I asked and answered a few questions about pussy, starting with: How offensive is it, anyway? Pretty fucking offensive when it’s a male epithet. But in other contexts, such as marketing and trademark law, pussy is a bit of a puzzler. Continue reading

Having a ball (or two) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

I’m very excited to be a new contributor to Strong Language, after my two previous salacious guest posts on scandalous trademarks. I’ve been the author of Gilson on Trademarks, a treatise on U.S. trademark law, since 2006, and I’m delighted to make this foray into sweary territory.  Just don’t tell my parents.

Now, on to our story. Engine 15 Brewing Company applied to register the trademark NUT SACK DOUBLE BROWN ALE for beer. An attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused registration on the ground that the mark was scandalous, meaning that it would offend “a substantial composite of the general public.” The applicant appealed, putting the ball in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s court. Here’s the beer’s label, which the owner did not try to register:

nut sack ale logo

Before we see how the Board ruled, though, let’s start the ball rolling by looking at the USPTO’s record on testicles, scrotum and related slang terms.

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Sweary links #10

Before we get to the links, a brief public-service announcement: We’re pleased as fuck to have been nominated in Babla’s Top 100 Language Learning Blogs contest. That’s right: language learning. Because what’s the point of learning a language if you don’t learn the sweary stuff? You have till midnight (CET) June 14 to vote for us. Do it, dammit. You can vote using the button over on the right, which takes you to the Babla website. (Voting’s closed! And we did pretty fucking well!) While you’re there, check out the other categories–Language Professionals Blogs, Language Facebook, Language Twitter, and Language YouTube. You may want to vote for read some of those fuckers, too. Continue reading