Why do so many people say FoxFire instead of Firefox?
January 7, 2009 7:48 AM Subscribe
Is there some linguistic or cultural explanation for mistakenly calling Firefox FoxFire?
posted by odinsdream to society & culture (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I do computer support for a large number of people from various backgrounds and areas. Almost all of them mistakenly refer to the Firefox web browser as "Fox Fire" - repeatedly - even after I refer to the browser correctly while demonstrating it.
I do a majority of my support in the southeast US, but have some clients in the northeast and Washington state. I can't figure out why this is so consistent. Is there some linguistic reason why FoxFire is easier to say or remember?
Is there some existing cultural marker or event that gives Fox Fire a leg up over Firefox and I'm just not aware of it?