July 15th, 2005 | Oddments
The San Francisco Dykes on Bikes organization has been trying to register their name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and recently got their second rejection. The delicate sensibilities of these patent pinheads are offended by the word “dyke,” despite the best efforts of the National Center for Lesbian Rights to explain it to them. The NCLR got a bunch of activists, scholars, and linguists, including yours truly, (I’m not sure which of those three categories I fall under, though I have been told I’m good with my tongue) to submit declarations outlining the evolution and significance of the word “dyke,” but to no avail.
For what it’s worth, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” had no problem registering their name. Here’s a SF Chronicle article explaining the whole irksome affair in more detail.