Scholars everywhere, stop your endless debates. The secret meaning behind electro pop duo LMFAO's name has finally been revealed in a trademark application.
Theories abound across Internet message boards. Fans have speculated the duo's name stood for everything from the original dirty Internet acronym to "Loving My Friends And Others." LMFAO's Stefan Kendal Gordy (RedFoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (SkyBlu) have never actually been too clear, until now.
So what does their name really mean?
Much like discovering the secret behind a magic trick, the reality here is a lot more mundane than the mystery. But at least now we know the F-bomb isn't part of their largely family-friendly image.
Or is it? Looking into LMFAO's previous trademark attempts suggest their latest revelation might not be the truth.
The band originally tried to trademark their name back in 2008. But it was rejected for being a mark consisting of "immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter." The band eventually abandoned their application.
It might sound puritanical, but under US trademark law, examiners can reject applications if they contain immoral content, such as foul language.
Based on the reason LMFAO's first trademark go-around failed, it's likely they probably intended to include the big "F" in their name. At least initially.
The duo's latest trademark attempt seeks to avoid the original's fate. Their new applications clearly indicate the "F" stands for "freaking."
So LMFAO fans, drop your weapons. The battle appears to be over and the winner is curse-word free. Too bad, LMFAO's revealed name was cooler when it was less PC.
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