The trademark Kodak was coined in 1888 by George Eastman, and usage of it has steadily increased since. The story behind the name is fascinating; apparently Eastman was specifically looking for three criteria- it had to be short, it had to be pronounceable, and it had to be memorably unique. So how did he think it up? By stirring alphabet soup with his mother! When they finally hit Kodak, he really liked the ks on the ends, so that's what he ran with (other stories allege an anagram set instead). I think that's pretty neat. And now, a quick segue into the world of hip-hop: the name for the rapper Kodak Black likely was inspired by the camera company, and rapper Cardi B's song Bodak Yellow is an alteration of Kodak Black's name, so this is getting pretty meta.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.