Worst Names for Stuff

We already have the cool names thread…

Maybe bad names are inherently boring but let's try to have a good time.

Playstation Plus Premium... I hope I can play PSP on my Playstation Plus Premium! It was Pricey!

Triangle Strategy

Let's pretend I didn't start the thread just to post this: (No offense to the museum)
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The Lands Between


there‘s an ad that comes on the radio here for a drug rehab place, i think. the place is called new directions, and it’s a real rain jerks situation, if you catch my meaning.

@“BluntForceMama”#p65158 i worked for a place called spidermonk studios. not spider monkey, but spidermonk. what's that supposed to mean? no one knew.

marcel the shell with shoes on


@“pasquinelli”#p65179 there’s an ad that comes on the radio here for a drug rehab place, i think. the place is called new directions, and it’s a real rain jerks situation, if you catch my meaning.

get me the number pal

umphrey's mcgee

Controversial opinion, it's not the worst name for a thing, and I think this has even been somewhat acknowledged by the creators, but Insert Credit is at least a name not as good as the show itself is

Hmmm struggling to resize these visual hints properly from my phone so I will deceitfully charitably hide my HOT TAKES! in this spoiler drawer:



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But the most egregious example, which doesn’t deserve any sort of clandestinity, is definitely this one.

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It seems to me there was a _very simple and obvious solution_ to this conundrum.

@“Gaagaagiins”#p65199 I think I agree, though I will say the name was a better fit for the look/feel/voice of the old site, at least to me. There‘s something uncanny and void-like about the way the words “insert credit” blink ever-presently on an arcade game screen like a voice from another world (which, interestingly, now that I think about it, they sort of are? The words are a weird linking point between us and the game…to us, a constant on-screen reminder that none of this is real, and to the beings within the game, it’s an intruder from outside). Not saying the site was created with any of that in mind, but I'd just say I got a similar vibe out of the articles on Insert Credit back when it was primarily a site about essays and articles. I think the most “insert credit”-like element of the old Insert Credit was the banner with randomized, cryptic video game sayings on it every time you went to a different page. I really miss that.

Anyway, maybe the only connection is simply the mysterious beauty of white text on black background on the internet (which is probably part of the reason I like looking at this forum so much).

Lastly, I'll just note something that's never occurred to me before. "Insert credit" is a phrase/mechanic almost entirely related to arcade games, and they don't talk about arcades or arcade games on the show very much at all.

@“rearnakedwindow”#p65208 In all fairness, there were a lot of arcade news covered back when the original Insert Credit game news website started! [size=10]/Things Only '90s Kids Will Remember[/size]

@“rearnakedwindow”#p65208 check the top left, the cryptic sayings remain!


I have always held the opinion that almost videogame site with the word “game” in it is terribly named. The name “Insert Credit” rules, however I think “Insert Coin” as a name kinda sucks - I couldn't tell you why.

I have no photographic evidence of this but I once saw a driving school car's registration plate as "Y ### TRY", which made me laugh.

The term "cash in hand jobs" is a Rain Jerks one I've heard used too many times.

I used to live in a part of Wales called Tycoch, pronounced Tee-co-(phlegm sound). It's not uncommon for people to completely mispronounce Welsh letter sounds, and I once heard a posh, elderly lady get on my bus and ask for a ticket to "Thai Cock". Bye forever.

Finally, speaking of Wales. The pronunciation guide does not help.

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@“exodus”#p65216 Wow. I hadn't noticed at all. Glad to see them again, though!

@“BluntForceMama”#p65158 I know that museum and it‘s famously, locally at least, bad name. It’s so bad it pretty much also ruins the other interactive museum next store, the WET Science Center.

Just THE worst (or the best, I dunno, really)


In middle school my friends and I found a book in the library of unintentionally funny road signs and ads, wracking my brain trying to remember the title

But I do remember a sign for a store called : "Flying Penis Brothers" and one of us puking from laughter. Maybe an oversight that book was in the school library

Basically any video game title with a “:” in it. It always feels to me like they either couldn’t choose between two more succinct titles or are trying to establish an entire “brand” or “franchise” from the get-go (or both!). Seriously, this practice annoys me to such an unreasonable degree that I had drafted an entire thread on the topic a while ago, but I’m glad to drop my little micro-rant here.

@“yeso”#p65258 I was once given a book of terrible, out of context newspaper headlines and had a similar experience - I distinctly remember on the front cover of the book there was “Shell found on beach”.