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Would you register an available dictionary dot com? Even if a little obscure?

Labeled as question in Domain Buying and Domain Purchases started by sonicanvil, Jan 24, 2020.

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  1. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    I found a dictionary word that is available. It is not a widely used word and it is a bit long but is it worth registering?
     
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  3. Ryan217

    Ryan217 NameBlitz Gold Account

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    Depends On the name. If theres a buyer for it go for it. Or if you want to spend $9 to be able to say you own a single word .com I mean someone owns antidisestablishmentarianism
     
  4. gilescoley

    gilescoley Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Not if it has no commercial use.
     
  5. Brands.International

    Brands.International formerly lolwarrior Gold Account VIP

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    Try it and you will see :) Inpossible to tell wihout knowing the name, which you of course can not disclose here.
     
  6. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    Every point expressed is valid and worth consideration! Thank you!
     
  7. DanSanchez

    DanSanchez Brokerage & Acquisitions Epik.com Staff VIP

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    Define worth registering?

    Are you registering to satisfy a personal need or use?
    Are you registering to provide value to others that may want to buy the domain?

    Both are not mutually exclusive, but they can cancel each other out.
     
  8. bmugford

    bmugford www.DataCube.com PRO ICA Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Nope. There are over 140 million .com registered.

    Unless one expires or drops what is left are basically obscure words and tenses.

    Brad
     
  9. lock

    lock PremiumNameDomain.com VIP

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    Nope obscure would make it not searched.
     
  10. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    The word/domain is ParaSynonym.com


    parasynonym

    Noun
    (plural parasynonyms)

    1. (linguistics) A word or phrase that shares similar meanings with another term in some contexts, but not all; a close synonym.
     
  11. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    I registered it just in case. Any thoughts?
     
  12. bmugford

    bmugford www.DataCube.com PRO ICA Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Obscure word. What is the practical use for it?

    Bra
     
  13. urlurl

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    if you have to google the meaning... not really worth it

    there are thousands of available dictionary words out there unregistered, and for a reason.
     
  14. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    A linguistic term to describe words with close similarities, but not exactly matching definitions

    Examples of Parasynonym in a sentence

    "When learning a foreign language it can be easy to get confused by a parasynonym."

    "For his thesis he wrote a paper describing the linguistic function of the parasynonym."
     
  15. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    Is there a list somewhere? lol
     
  16. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    I tried it and apparently that was not likely a good decision. We'll see if I can sell it to someone!
     
  17. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    thats the best way to find out
     
  18. Joe Nichols

    Joe Nichols Common sense consultant VIP

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    Every once in a while I see an interesting one, but I don't think I've ever actually registered a single word .com name. Any that are available are either too obscure (as previously mentioned) or are in an awkward tense that is unlikely to be commercially desirable (e.g. Unfamiliarly, or Negativisitc).

    That being said, I did just purchase one on GD closeouts that I thought had a little potential: Underback [com].

    I saw another one that was kind of cool, but left it alone: Haberdasheries [com]. Might still be available if anyone likes it.
     
  19. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    I think important to be realistic, as others have said, that odds of selling obscure words to a business are very remote (although not exactly zero I would add).

    A word like yours might find markets I would think in something like the professional page for an individual, partnership, niche company or organization that worked in a narrow academically focussed linguistics, academic writing or editing, translation, etc. niche, or more likely to an individual academic who knew the word and liked it for their professional page or blog. Of course the odds that the latter would pay much is low.

    It of course could work for travel/translation on a bigger scale, if you could get someone to want it.

    I think the main way that a word might suddenly have substantial commercial value is if some talk show, popular writer, comedian, etc. suddenly gave it a platform. Like many decades ago few people knew the word oxymoron. But then a few comedians started coming up with examples of oxymoron terms including ones they used to make fun of things, and suddenly the name came into common use. I think it was late 1980's the transition, I should check.

    So get parasynonym on one of the night talk shows and you are set! :xf.cool: Actually the right person could make a funny show out of the names companies use and the domain names that are sold. OK I would think it could be funny, but probably a hard sell to producers! :-P

    Best wishes for it! Had I seen it, I might have tried it a year, so I think your decision to do so is not unreasonable. It is nice to be able to say you have a dictionary word, too!

    Bob
    (ps one of my daughters has a grad degree in linguistics :xf.smile:, but no she is not looking for a domain name :xf.frown:)
     
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  20. boker

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    It's true, but for sure there are a few that could be brandable and because they are dictionary words, tend to be more easy to remember. For example, I have a few, like trepidity, listed at SH with around 70 shortlist, so you could find some. Also ,I've bought some this weekend, like roundure( round form, space or object) equispaced(spaced apart at equal distances) blizzicane (didn't knew about this one, looks like a blend between blizzard and hurricane, a weather system that produces intense rain, wind, and snow, there is a brewing companynamed like this). I can bet I can find a few startups to use them.
     
  21. Wali Dahot

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    I know the feeling; as newbies we arent able to afford premium dictionary words, owning even an obscure word satisfies our inner desire to own one. I too came across a name a while ago and I went ahead and regged it. Its embrocate, its a medical term which means moisten and rub a (diseased or painful) part of the body with lotion. Well I can now say its a parasynonym of Massage !!
    On a serious note I agree with all the other posters here. You need to ask yourself who will use my name and for what purpose?
     
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  22. J Sokol

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    A funny thing about antidisestablishmentarianism -- it reminded me of being in school and having fun with the word, so when I saw disestablish.com for sale here on NP, I bought it. Being an obscure term, no one has shown any interest in it so far.
     
  23. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    I have several dictionary words at this point. Some are more well known than others. Sometimes I registered a domain name too quickly and then question why. :xf.rolleyes:

    Not too long ago, I registered Bumptiously.com because I used the word in a sentence on social media to describe somebody and their antics. Then I saw that it was available. Kind of silly but you never know.

    bump•tious bŭmp′shəs

    • adj.
      Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.

    • Offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; disposed to quarrel; domineering; forward; pushing.
    • adj.
      Self-conceited; forward; pushing.
     
  24. NYJimbo

    NYJimbo Domain Re-Animator VIP

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    NO.

    If it's obscure and you checked the history of the domain with like hosterstats and/or nambio and see nothing on it, walk away.

    One of the biggest mistakes new domainers do is think that any dictionary word must have value. Unless you do the homework to see what value it has, don't waste time with it.
     
  25. sonicanvil

    sonicanvil Established Member

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    I'm not a new domainer but that doesn't mean that I'm an active seller however. Most of the domains that I own were registered for a purpose and I have held them for a long time. Now, I know that I will not get to all of them so I am selling those domains.
     

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