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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.

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Written by Harry Hollander

February 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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