The Bluetooth logo has a hidden message and people are only just noticing it
Bluetooth has come to our rescue in so many situations, from streaming music in the shower to connecting a printer to a computer, but few of us know the meaning of the iconic name or logo.
It’s been a household name for 28 years, but the term has been around for much longer than that, and it stems from a Norse ruler who ruled centuries ago.
King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson united Denmark and Norway in the 10th century and is said to have been nicknamed after his dead tooth.
His gnasher is believed to be dark blue or gray in color and came in surprisingly handy when the marketing team came up with the name after it was developed in the 90s.
Bluetooth was designed to allow data to be transmitted from one device to another over a short distance without a physical connection.
The name was inspired by King Harald’s ability to unite two nations, the ideology being the same with the gimmick, to bring things together.
At first Bluetooth was not meant to mean anything more than a title for an internal code as the technology was being developed.
But since the other options weren’t unique enough or couldn’t be patented in time for release, the engineers decided to stick with the codename.
Bluetooth’s logo also has meaning, as it is a combination of King Harald’s initials in “rune”: ᚼ (Hagall) and ᛒ (Bjarkan), reports The Sun.
The king is best known for bringing Christianity to Scandinavia and at one time ruled what is now southern Sweden, northern Germany, Denmark and parts of Norway.
Some accounts imply that his oddly colored tooth earned him his alternate nickname, but others believe the nickname may have come from his complexion.
This is due to the word “Blaa”, which is the modern Danish word for “blue”, but centuries ago the word actually translated to “dark-skinned”.
While “Tan” has already been confused with the modern Danish word for “tooth”.
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