Before you plunk down a pretty penny to register a new domain name, please think twice about what you choose. These 21 websites didn't. Or perhaps they thought the double entendres their names created when strung together as URLs were just too funny to be passed up.
Choosespain.com? That can be read as either "choose Spain" or, um, "chooses pain." Whorepresents.com unfortunately is often mistaken for "whore presents." And don't even get us started on Masterbaitonline.com.
These and other awkward website names were recently pointed out by Siteopia, a U.K.-based domain registration service.
"Taking time to think through all aspects and interpretations is crucial to the success of any brand," a Siteopia spokesperson told The Telegraph. "Of course a name needs to be memorable, but it's always worth considering the connotations it throws up."
<a href="http://masterbaitonline.com/" target="_hplink">Master Bait and Tackle</a> on Florida's Gulf coast isn't the only bait shop to play on the "master bait"/"masterbate" homophone; <a href="http://www.masterbaitersfishing.com/" target="_hplink">Master Baiter's Sportfishing & Tackle</a> in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico does too. With taglines like "You can't beat our boat!" and "We won't jerk you around," both clearly know what they're going.
Another theme emerges. As with "therapist," we recommend avoiding the word "scrap" in URLs. This one for information technologies company is suppose to read "<a href="Itscrap.com" target="_hplink">IT Scrap.</a>"
This <a href="http://whorepresents.com/" target="_hplink">database of "entertainment industry contacts"</a> sounds like it's involved in an entirely different industry.
The website for the law firm reads, "[i]n other news, it has come to our attention that the domain name '<a href="http://www.ferrethjobs.com/" target="_hplink">FerrethAndJobs.com</a>' may be misread by some." And how. The lawyers have since shortened the name to FerrethJobs.com, but that awkward motto -- "Is your business in the right hands?" -- remains.
You'd think Dickson, which manufactures data recorders for temperature and humidity, would be a bit more web-savvy than to choose such an unfortunate name. Since registering dicksonweb.com, they've cleaned up the double entendre to <a href="http://www.dicksondata.com/" target="_hplink">dicksondata.com</a>.
Maybe this isn't a bad URL. We wager you'd never remember the name of <a href="http://www.penisland.net/" target="_hplink">a pen retailer</a> if it wasn't a double entendre.
This <a href="http://potsofart.com/" target="_hplink">U.K.-based ceramics studio</a> was trying to play on the phrase "lots of arts" with its name.
That last part of this <a href="http://actionpaintballsac.com/home.html" target="_hplink">Paintball excursion site's URL</a> alludes to probably the WORST part of the body you'd ever want shot with a paintball.
Choosing pain is not what most of us usually do on vacation, despite the suggestion of <a href="http://www.choosespain.com/" target="_hplink">this holiday booking site</a>.
Though Siteopia <a href="http://www.siteopia.com/blog/some-funny-some-crazy-and-some-just-plain-wrong-domain-names" target="_hplink">catalogues</a> this site for a California therapist database as an awkward domain name, a search for "<a href="Therapistfinder.com " target="_hplink">Therapistfinder.com</a>" will redirect you to Counselingcalifornia.com. Seems like someone at the company wised up.
Again, we see <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIpPqcln6Y" target="_hplink">shades of <em>Arrested Development</em>'s Tobias Fünke</a>.
If only apostraphes were allowed in URLs, country cabin spot <a href="Oldmanshaven.com " target="_hplink">Old Man's Haven</a> would have a perfectly acceptable domain name.
As far as connotations go, it's probably not great that <a href="Ladrape.com" target="_hplink">La Drape International Limited</a> in England happens to make bed covers.
Ugh. <a href="Teacherstalking.org " target="_hplink">This site for teachers who'd like to improve their French or Spanish-language skills</a> should really get a new URL.
Admittedly, many <a href="Mp3shits.com" target="_hplink">mp3s you can buy online</a> are kinda crappy.
The <em><a href="Wintersexpress.com" target="_hplink">Winters Express</a></em>, a Winters, Calif.-based newspaper, doesn't have the most URL-friendly name.
Bet you never knew.
Get your mind out of the gutter. Analemma <a href="http://www.thefreedictionary.com/analemma" target="_hplink">means</a> a "graduated scale in the shape of a figure eight, indicating the sun's declination and the equation of time for every day of the year and usually found on sundials and globes." <a href="Analemma.org" target="_hplink">It's a website about science</a>.
<a href="Nobjs.org" target="_hplink">North of Boston Jewish Singles</a>, please choose a different acronym.
<a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boscage#English" target="_hplink">Boscage</a>, which in both English and French refers to a small forest, doesn't do well with the French article "les" put in front of it <a href="Lesbocages.com" target="_hplink">in a domain name</a>.
Yet more proof that "therapist" is a difficult word to include in a URL.