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November 22, 2013, 11:01:41 PM
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No, but I'll tell you what is:

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If mB become the most commonly used denomination, and one of these terms is adopted, we're going to have a branding nightmare on our hands.  
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November 22, 2013, 11:25:34 PM
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The only complaints I've had about the Bitcoin name is that it's fairly English-specific and awkward with metric prefixes. 

Saying "a millibitcoin" is much harder than saying "a millimeter."  same for micro, atto, kilo, etc. 

The English-specific I was talking about goes well beyond just using "coin" as a root.  What I mean is it doesn't work with the phonotactics of most languages that aren't English.   Most languages have four to seven vowels; English has eleven or twelve, including diphthongs like "oi"!

A lot of Asian languages don't allow consonant clusters.  If you're a (native) English speaker on the other hand you can pronounce words like "Twelfths" (yes, that ends in four entirely separate consonants with no vowels between them, and "th" is utterly outside the consonants most non-germanic languages allow)! Nobody else in the world, except maybe Germans, can pronounce "twelfths" correctly. 

Anyway, "Bitcoin" isn't nearly as bad as "Twelfths" but it sure as heck isn't going to work in, say, Japanese or Chinese; they'll have to insert a vowel between the T and the C in order to pronounce it at all, and because they don't use the "oi" vowel in their languages they're going to substitute something else for that.  It would have been nicer all around to name it something everybody can pronounce the same way.

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November 22, 2013, 11:31:33 PM
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Most people think its a joke, those who have never heard of it. Tongue

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November 22, 2013, 11:32:23 PM
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Most people think its a joke, those who have never heard of it fail to see it's a 800$ joke. Tongue

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November 22, 2013, 11:34:26 PM
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The only complaints I've had about the Bitcoin name is that it's fairly English-specific and awkward with metric prefixes. 

Saying "a millibitcoin" is much harder than saying "a millimeter."  same for micro, atto, kilo, etc. 

The English-specific I was talking about goes well beyond just using "coin" as a root.  What I mean is it doesn't work with the phonotactics of most languages that aren't English.   Most languages have four to seven vowels; English has eleven or twelve, including diphthongs like "oi"!

A lot of Asian languages don't allow consonant clusters.  If you're a (native) English speaker on the other hand you can pronounce words like "Twelfths" (yes, that ends in four entirely separate consonants with no vowels between them, and "th" is utterly outside the consonants most non-germanic languages allow)! Nobody else in the world, except maybe Germans, can pronounce "twelfths" correctly. 

Anyway, "Bitcoin" isn't nearly as bad as "Twelfths" but it sure as heck isn't going to work in, say, Japanese or Chinese; they'll have to insert a vowel between the T and the C in order to pronounce it at all, and because they don't use the "oi" vowel in their languages they're going to substitute something else for that.  It would have been nicer all around to name it something everybody can pronounce the same way.

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November 22, 2013, 11:54:29 PM
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The only complaints I've had about the Bitcoin name is that it's fairly English-specific and awkward with metric prefixes. 

Saying "a millibitcoin" is much harder than saying "a millimeter."  same for micro, atto, kilo, etc. 

The English-specific I was talking about goes well beyond just using "coin" as a root.  What I mean is it doesn't work with the phonotactics of most languages that aren't English.   Most languages have four to seven vowels; English has eleven or twelve, including diphthongs like "oi"!

A lot of Asian languages don't allow consonant clusters.  If you're a (native) English speaker on the other hand you can pronounce words like "Twelfths" (yes, that ends in four entirely separate consonants with no vowels between them, and "th" is utterly outside the consonants most non-germanic languages allow)! Nobody else in the world, except maybe Germans, can pronounce "twelfths" correctly. 

Anyway, "Bitcoin" isn't nearly as bad as "Twelfths" but it sure as heck isn't going to work in, say, Japanese or Chinese; they'll have to insert a vowel between the T and the C in order to pronounce it at all, and because they don't use the "oi" vowel in their languages they're going to substitute something else for that.  It would have been nicer all around to name it something everybody can pronounce the same way.

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November 23, 2013, 01:41:22 AM
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I think the name is one of the reasons people don't take us seriously. When I tell them about it, they're like hmm "funny name"... Surely there must be better alternatives.

Yes!! According to my research people unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies prefer the name GoldCoin over the name Bitcoin 100% of the time.

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November 23, 2013, 03:07:50 AM
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Lol when I hear the word Twitter now I think of the movie where Vince Vaughn calls it "Twatter" (hearing him say it out loud is more funny than reading it).

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All that matters is the name is here to stay.  Anyone who won't look into an alternative de-centralized crypto-currency because the name is funny - even after you gave hardcore facts - probably doesn't deserve it.  Maybe they'll at least have the sense to diversify their portfolio with precious metals.
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November 23, 2013, 03:18:38 AM
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first say "magic internet money" then say "bitcoin"...

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November 23, 2013, 03:22:52 AM
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Let's just call it Cash.

this...but bozotokens was pretty good

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November 23, 2013, 05:26:42 AM
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i think this thread is just for the OP to attempt to get 15 minutes of fame by trying to do something big like renaming bitcoin.

i personally do not see problems with the word bitcoin. but if i was to 'dig' deep enough into the words used within the community, it has been brought up many times the word 'mining' does not fit 'solving a cryptographic puzzle'

maybe the OP could have made a more convincing topic to discuss if he talked about the term mining. even though there are dozens of threads that brought up this subject before so again, a non starter of a topic

heres some examples:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5371.0
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=321764.0

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November 23, 2013, 07:09:38 AM
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I like the sound of CryptoGenicBullion myself....
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November 23, 2013, 08:24:35 AM
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I'm just gonna say nah.  I don't think that OP had any illusions about renaming it at this point. 
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November 23, 2013, 09:00:30 AM
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meh, its big now so people dont care bout the name

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