[Ads-l] bitcoin as generic term for cryptocurrencies

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 6 16:08:08 EDT 2017


Two thoughts:

A version of the Band-Aid / Kleenex / Xerox issue.

Why the "crypto" in cryptocurrency? What is "hidden" about them? Not a
great name.

DanG

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:57 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Unfortunately, I didn’t save the tweet, but someone once noted that
> “bitcoin” is sometimes used as a generic term for cryptocurrency.
>
> In "IMF director Christine Lagarde: Bitcoin is too expensive for me at
> the…” (https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/10/06/imf-director-
> christine-lagarde-bitcoin-is-too-expensive-for-me-at-the-moment.html),
> Christine Lagarde says in response to a question from Sara Eisen:
>
>> You know, what the Chinese authorities have decided is to just ban the
> initial offering of bitcoins
>>
> China recently prohibited initial coin offerings (ICO).
>
> N.B. She is not a native speaker of English.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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