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"Your 'reality', sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever."
— Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von Münchhausen


I nominate the Nintendo Wii (pronounced "we") for the stupidest name for a product ever. Here are some potential advertising taglines riffing on the name:

  • Fans Go "Whee!" For Wii
  • Nintendo Upgrades Wii-fi Connection
  • Nintendo Weens Gamers off Traditional Controllers
  • Nintendo Wiins!
  • Nintendo Wiipes Up
  • Nintendo Whiips The Competition
  • Nintendo Wiis on Competition
  • Nintendo Wii Gets More Wee (For the inevitable redesign)
  • Competitors Cry Wii-wii-wii all the way home
but some of the best ones are from the comments on the blog post linked to above, such as:
  • Wiitarded
  • See! Wii really don’t care what the competitors think.
  • Wii Will Rock You
But I think I can do better:
  • (said in a Cartman voice) Aw, wiik.
  • Wii will wobble but it don't fall down
  • Wii shall overcome
  • Wii are the champions, my friends....
  • Wii, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union...
Yes, there are some who contend that the name's uniqueness is contributing to the hype. I also read that it's all a hoax so that they can have a Punk'd moment at E3. Maybe. If it turns out to be a master stroke of marketing, then I'll eat my words, but I highly doubt that it's true.

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