What not to write as a mashup hashtag or URL

What not to write as a mashup hashtag or URL

Unexpected rude and highly embarrassing words can jump out of perfectly innocent URLs and hashtags

WARNING: not really “safe for work.” Much as we love to telescope real words to create hashtags and URLs (Uniform Resource Locators), sometimes the way they end up looking can lead to some embarrassing misinterpretations. I’m sure psychologists could tell us how the eye-to-brain link-up plays mischievous games here, but whatever the reason some undesirable new words (or near new words) can jump straight out at readers from your innocent verbal mashup…

Examples of embarrassing mashup hashtags and URLs

See how quickly these unfortunate hidden words jump out at you…

#toofartogo

sushitakeaway.co.uk

lycrapants.com

taiwankerosene.com

#superstitious

jameslagging.co.uk

quicknoble.com

#banalities

compassholidays.com

steprickshaws.cn

sweetwater.com

#acidicknowledge

#reinbackpassage (a dressage term…)

startupbusiness.com

aberfannyloncompany.co.uk (a Welsh business enterprise)

symbollocksmithsltd.ca

footballsignsandmarkers.com

#givesmethewillies

cancuntravelinfo.net (Mexican travel information)

#canalbargesengland

scotwaterworks.co.uk

weedoncarpetmanufacturers.co.uk (based in Weedon, England)

#groupissues

#rehearseholistically

opussymphonies.ca

autosservicesltd.com

ascrotumbledryers.co.uk

#sofagamblers

#terrificrappers

therabbitcharity.org

#butterfingers

#rumbastardances

antibuggermicidesltd.co.uk

#franticuntilrescued

And finally…

Let us not forget that well known town in north Lincolnshire, England – Scunthorpe. (Yes, seriously.)

Plus, the following photo was shared on Facebook recently. This is one hashtag I did not make up. I have no idea who took the photo or which publication this appeared in, and I don’t even know who clipped the article, photographed it and shared it on FB. However many thanks to all of you – we appreciate the share, especially as it’s too funny for (more) words…

What not to write as a mashup hashtag or URL

Your turn now…

What potentially embarrassing hashtag or URL mashups can you share with us??

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