A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 29, 2021
“Verizon is a combination of vertical and horizontal”

Verizon is the name of a communications company that was formed in 2000 from a merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. According to its press release of April 3, 2000:

“The word Verizon (pronounced vurr-EYE-zon) was selected from more than 8,500 names. The new name comes from the Latin word ‘veritas,’ which means truth, and also connotes certainty and reliability; and ‘horizon,’ which signifies the possibilities ahead.”

However, many people insist that “Verizon” is a portmanteau of “vertical” and “horizontal.” “Guize, I think I just realized that Verizon Wireless is a combination of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’” was posted on Twitter by Vermicious Knid on October 7, 2011. “Just noticed that verizon is vertical and horizontal put together!” was posted on Twitter by Samuel Morris on March 24, 2013. “Verizon is vertical and horizontal put together” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on May 14, 2017. “Verizon is a combination of vertical and horizontal” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on December 29, 2021.


Wikipedia: Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc., commonly known as Verizon, is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate and a corporate component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is headquartered at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but is incorporated in Delaware.

Wikipedia: Verizon (mobile network)
Verizon is an American wireless network operator that previously operated as a separate division of Verizon Communications under the name of Verizon Wireless. In a 2019 reorganization, Verizon moved the wireless products and services into the divisions Verizon Consumer and Verizon Business, and stopped using the Verizon Wireless name. Verizon is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, with 121.3 million subscribers as of the end of Q2 2021.

The company is headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It was founded in 2000 as a joint venture of American telecommunications firm Bell Atlantic, which would soon become Verizon Communications, and British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone.

Verizon
04.03.2000|Verizon News Archives
Verizon Selected As New Name For Combination Of Bell Atlantic And GTE
NEW YORK and IRVING, TX - Contingent upon FCC approval of their merger, Bell Atlantic and GTE have selected Verizon as the new name of the combined company.
(...)
The word Verizon (pronounced vurr-EYE-zon) was selected from more than 8,500 names. The new name comes from the Latin word “veritas,” which means truth, and also connotes certainty and reliability; and “horizon,” which signifies the possibilities ahead. The new logo is a bold red, black and white rendition of the name with strong graphic accents highlighting the V and the Z.

Twitter
Vermicious Knid
@modestmouse_
Guize, I think I just realized that Verizon Wireless is a combination of “vertical” and “horizontal”...
6:57 PM · Oct 7, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Samuel Morris
@Sam_Squaredd
Just noticed that verizon is vertical and horizontal put together! Well then
11:56 AM · Mar 24, 2013·Twitter SMS

Google Groups: haustus
Does the name ‘Verizon’ represent a combination of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’?
jrbdoranjr
Jun 6, 2013, 10:55:09 AM
Because the company doesn’t know which way is up, Haustians?

Twitter
[Honeybee]
@gabbithehuman
What Verizon is just a mix between vertical and horizontal whooaa
2:46 AM · Sep 20, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Stephen Leng
@steveleng
Is Verizon a mash up of Vertical and Horizontal?! This has just occurred to me.
2:47 PM · Feb 11, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/high-pixel May 14, 2017
Verizon is vertical and horizontal put together.
COMMENTS
the_nightwings
It’s actually a portmanteau of Veritas (Latin for truth) and horizon.
You didn’t know that before and now you know. Your life is different now.

Twitter
LEON @ SQUENIX
@someplacesweet
Today I just realized that ‘Verizon’ is just a portmanteau of Vertical and Horizontal
3:14 PM · Sep 2, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
AM
@onlyAshleigh
It’s 4:19 am and you know what’s keeping me awake? Wondering if Verizon is just a mash up of Vertical and Horizontal
4:20 AM · Oct 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Heaven
@_Haven_Bock_
When I want to know the difference between vertical and horizontal I have to say Verizon and horizon to myself and think about which one is on the beach
2:39 AM · Mar 25, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/geekparkingonly December 29, 2021
Verizon is a combination of vertical and horizontal.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, December 29, 2021 • Permalink