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  1. #1 What's in a Name or Paying Attention in English Class 
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    Earlier this year I stayed in Toronto to attend a 3 day conference on industrial safety and accident prevention. While attending one of the seminars I had the pleasure of sitting beside a gentleman who represented a company called Brains In Action. As he was explaining their mission statement I couldn't get the smirk off my face. He asked me what I was smiling about and I told him that they might want to think of changing their name. He said why, and it was then I informed him that Brains In Action when verbalized, or if you didn't see it in writing, could also become Brains Inaction. He still didn't get it so I had to inform him that the words 'in & action' could form one word that essentially made their name laughable. Hardly a confidence booster for prospective clients.

    Has anyone else ever come across names, titles or situations that convey something totally opposite of what is intended?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    Earlier this year I stayed in Toronto to attend a 3 day conference on industrial safety and accident prevention. While attending one of the seminars I had the pleasure of sitting beside a gentleman who represented a company called Brains In Action. As he was explaining their mission statement I couldn't get the smirk off my face. He asked me what I was smiling about and I told him that they might want to think of changing their name. He said why, and it was then I informed him that Brains In Action when verbalized, or if you didn't see it in writing, could also become Brains Inaction. He still didn't get it so I had to inform him that the words 'in & action' could form one word that essentially made their name laughable. Hardly a confidence booster for prospective clients.

    Has anyone else ever come across names, titles or situations that convey something totally opposite of what is intended?
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