I was thinking about this the other day when I was photographing the data plate on a Whirlpool Dishwasher. Wouldn’t it be cool if dishwashers had cool names like Lucy, or Margaret to correspond to the year they were manufactured–instead of these long boring serial numbers?
Then those defective dishwashers from a particular year would just jump right out at inspectors. They would not have to figure out complicated serial numbers or look them up on the internet. All they would have to do is look at the data plate–see the name “Methuselah” or “Delilah” and know immediately the thing was ancient–perhaps at the end of its expected life. If they saw the names “Cruella” or “Genghis” they would immediately know that these were problematic–perhaps even re-called–or downright dangerous. And then there could be those “Green” appliances with names like “Forest” and “Rainbow.”
Of course this gets to the heart of the problem of naming appliances. What manufacturer would deliberately name something “Genghis?” Would that not predispose the appliance to issues? For sure–so what is more likely to happen is that the name given to an appliance would more than likely take on “new” definitions that identify it more accurately with its defects. What started out as perfectly normal names would turn into “Edsel” or “Pinto” with their associated connotations. It just would not seem right to find a problematic “Rainbow.” That would just be wrong.
It seems there are more problems with “naming” appliances than one would first think!
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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