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Where does the name skedsheet come from?

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As we were trying to come up with a name for our new product, we had a lot of ideas.  Not all of them good, of course.  While we were brainstorming we had a few concepts we wanted to incorporate – spreadsheet, calendar, whiteboard, scheduling.  Trying to mash those words into a catchy name wasn’t quite as easy as you would think.

Trying foreign words seemed like a good way to go – that way you could have something that sounds catchy, has  a relationship to what you’re trying to say, but you’re not limited to the words that I listed above.  And, you have a credible story when people ask about the name.

  • Work (Trabajo) + schedule = Trabadule
  • Work (Travail) + Calendar = Travailendar

But, the 12-year-old part of me got way too amused by the fact that when you translate “blackboard” to Catalan, you get pissarra (pizarra in Spanish), so it was back to English.

  • Scheduling + Whiteboard = Shiteboard
  • Scheduling + Day Minder = Schedminder
  • Scheduling + Spreadsheet = Schedsheet… or Skedsheet

After searching the web a little, it turns out that the word skedsheet is sometimes used in boating to describe the schedule for a race or group outing.  Didn’t seem like there’d be too much confusion, and the boating concept of a schedule sheet is pretty close to what we’re doing.  Skedsheet seemed the most catchy and the domain wasn’t taken,  so we went with it.


Written by Harry Hollander

February 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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