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Old Dec 20, 2005, 2:10 AM   #11
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Lumix means you can do google searches and not come up with loads and loads of stuff you don't want!
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Old Dec 20, 2005, 3:53 AM   #12
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When transistor radios were the latest and greatest thing (late 50's and '60's) I had several radios that carried the National brand -- later changed here in OZ to National Panasonic, then the National part got dropped.

National Technics (again National got dropped after a time) came later to differentiate the more up-market things like Hi-Fi amps, turntables etc.

Technics later vanished for a while, then came back attached to a wider range of devices.

Lumix? -- I dunno -- maybe from lunatic or lunar + crazy mixed up?

Spin doctors do come up with good new words at times.
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Old Dec 20, 2005, 9:43 PM   #13
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When transistor radios were the latest and greatest thing (late 50's and '60's) I had several radios that carried the National brand -- later changed here in OZ to National Panasonic, then the National part got dropped.
In the USA, the National Radio Co. made communications equipment, including amateur radio receivers and transmitters. Their trademark would have prevented Matsushita from selling similar products under the National name here. So those same radios would have been branded Panasonic when they entered the U.S. market.
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Old Dec 23, 2005, 1:18 PM   #14
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Company name etymologies:

http://www.fact-index.com/l/li/list_...ymologies.html

http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of...me-etymologies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...me_etymologies

Fun reading. No Panasonic, though.
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