Six Flags Over Where

Far be it from me to question the Master, but this statement puzzles me: “To forestall embarrassing inquiries the park was recently given the unobjectionable (because meaningless) name Six Flags St. Louis.”

How is that name meaningless? It’s a brand name followed by a location, just like “Sea World Orlando”, “Universal Studios Hollywood”, and “The Second City Toronto”. Just because Orlando isn’t nearly as big as a World, and Toronto would have to be at best the Third City, doesn’t make those names meaningless.
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It’s meaningless because it’s not making any claim about how many flags have flown over St Louis. But “Six Flags Over St Louis” does make a meaningful claim of that sort.

I think I have to side with Cecil on this one.

The original amusement park in the chain is “Six Flags Over Texas;” that name has never applied to any but that one park, and carries with it the significance of the political entities Cecil mentions. I may be mistaken, but I believe the original intent was to reflect Texas being unique in the number of countries of which it has been part.

In its expansion through construction and acquisition, many of the company’s properties are identified as “Six Flags Something-or-other.” In the company logo, the six flags are colorful pennants, not the flags of six political entities.

Thus, other than the legacy connection with the original park, “Six Flags,” in and of itself, has no meaning outside of Texas.



Well, that’s some meaning, isn’t it? I guess I don’t see a brand name as having no inherent meaning.
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It’s semantics. Cecil was talking about inherent meaning of the words, as opposed to brand name. Just because I name my company “#1 Auto” doesn’t mean I’m the real #1 by any measurable standard.

Absolutely. Unless, of course, you try to say that you’re called #1 auto because you’re #1, as opposed to it’s just because you filed a dba.

Has Six Flags done this?

And what about Six Flags, Magic Mountain?

If I were planning a vacation, I’d choose Six Flags over St. Louis every time.



Doesn’t matter. I can say whatever I want, doesn’t make it true.

It does if you advertise it. That whole Truth in Advertising thing and all.

Still doesn’t make it true. Just makes me a legally culpable liar.