Is WordPress the New Watergate? Why We Should All Get An Imagination

Is WordPress the New Watergate? Why We Should All Get An Imagination

TrouserPress GraphicEarlier today I wrote a post about the lovely new theme from WP Zoom – SportPress. It’s a great theme, but it got me to thinking that maybe we all need to get a little bit of imagination when it comes to naming things that are related to WordPress.

I don’t know about you – but when I watch the news and hear something referred to as “XXXXGate” I find it very annoying. Recent example – the recent dump of Wikileaks information into the media was referred to as CableGate. Guh! Get an imagination! In fact, I don’t need to tell you about all of the -gates – Wikipedia (obviously) has a list of all of the notable -gates in history.

In fact, the Wikipedia page says that the adoption of the -gate suffix was promoted by a guy called William Safire an ex-employee of Nixon, who pushed it so hard because “psychologically, he may have been seeking to minimize the relative importance of the crimes committed by his former boss with this silliness.” Although I never would really stake my reputation on Wikipedia, it’s not surprising that the word “silliness” has been used in connection with the -gate suffix.

Erm… Isn’t This Supposed to Be a Blog About WordPress?

Yes! Getting to my point! Here it is:

WordPress
BuddyPress
bbPress
GlotPress
VaultPress
VideoPress
StudioPress
MarketPress
CustomPress
MassivePress
GlotPress
BoardPress
MarketPress
GDPress
CampaignPress
CMSPress
IndexPress
CustomPress
StylePress
StudioPress
PastePress
FlickrPress
QuickPress
PropertyPress
FoxyPress
GalleryPress
CleanPress
PrimePress
StayPressed (bit out there, that one)
GmailPress
MacPress
FabricPress
LuxuryPress
SlideShowPress
UshahidiPress
RecipePress
CalendarPress
SportPress
QuickPress
WhitePress
Q-Press
SimplePress
ReciPress
ComicPress
PortfolioPress
NewsPress

And that’s just the ones I could pull easily from the directory and that popped into my head. I’m sure there are loads more. If you know any more, please leave them in the comments. I would love to find the silliest.

I was lurking in the background of Lisa Sabin-Wilson‘s Allure Webinar last night and was pretty impressed with the names that she has come up with for her new themes for women – particularly “Dabble” which is cute and captures the  theme very accurately.

I know how difficult it is to come up with names – the title for a post is often the most difficult. And it must be more difficult who don’t use words in their profession. But just sticking Press on the end of the word – especially now it is so very ubiquitous – is verging on lazy.