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Give a dog a name.....

Our Teutonic friends can be a bunch of bed wetters sometimes. A German engineering company called Ixion took umbrage at a group of syndicalists calling it 'capitalist'. Erm, isn't that the entire point of being in business? It also, a touch more reasonably, had issues with being called 'extortionist'. In a further rather worrying development, Ixion judged that being called 'capitalist' would have 'a negative impact on its reputation among creditors'. Saints preserve us - those creditors could not possibly, whisper it low, be capitalists themselves?

Short form details of the litigation in English here, and in full form in German here, in which a Hamburg court reacted to a postponement in the lawsuit by noting that it would not deem the words defamatory.

Having done a little light googling, the German engineers might have done better than choosing a name shared with a character from Greek myth, "reckoned the first man guilty of kin-slaying in Greek mythology". Via some typically divine shenanigans, he ended up the father of the first centaurs.

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Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 6:54 am

No one more sensitive than a German, except for a Belgian maybe. My friend Sean is fine though.  



Blogger Novlangue said... 10:41 am

Perhaps it's because Karly Marx was from Teutonia.

H. Clinton  



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