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In the comedy "Officespace", the protagonist works for a company called "Initech". At the end of the film, his co-workers take jobs at a competing company called "Initrode".

It seems that these names are meant to sound silly, but can someone here tell me if these fictitious names may also be some sort of word-play?

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I believe the "ini" is supposed to be the phonetic equivalent of the word "any." So the people are working for "any tech" company. "Trode" is short for electrode. As something that often plugs into something else, trode could reference a cubicle worker that can easily be plugged in to a new work environment. Not surprisingly, trode also apparently references a part of the male anatomy (see Urban Dictionary). In the movie, Peter mistakenly calls it Penetrode.

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Sounds plausible, but is there any source for this Ini = Any concept? –  Flimzy Jul 23 '13 at 0:13
another possibility: ini is a Windows standard for configuration files. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INI_file. –  Ben Plont Sep 11 '13 at 16:02

My guess is the "ini" in initech and iniwas a short way to say "Innovation" as many tech businesses love to get that buzz word invoked.

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