X is for XLR

Every name has a story; some names have strange ones and others are more boring than you think. The rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd took its name from a high school gym teacher who made a point of enforcing the school’s policy against men wearing their hair long. The rock group changed the vowels and added a D to the end of Leonard Skinner’s name to avoid a lawsuit, and made him the most famous gym teacher in history (and got a ton of mileage out of the letter Y acting as a vowel).

There are other names with less colourful histories which take words and compress them down so they roll off the tongue a little more smoothly – Nabisco, from National Biscuit Company, or Adidas, from the founder’s name: Adolf “Adi” Dassler.

The humble XLR cable, used so commonly in the audio world, is a bit of a surprising acronym, maybe because anything that starts with an X sounds like it should be drinking Red Bull and doing backflips off high cliffs.

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