In the comedy Office Space, 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?

  • It seems to us over here in Yorkshire, 'isn't it heck'! -- in it 'eck, we'd say. IOW, is this hell or what? Jan 22, 2017 at 12:33
  • Okay people, everyone please make up their minds if it's Initrode or Intertrode.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 5, 2018 at 13:30

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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.


In the movie at around 41:56, as Peter takes down the banner previously put up by Bill Lumbergh, you can see another banner in the background that diagrams the company name's etymology:

Initiative + Technology = INITECH

Initiative + Technology = INITECH


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.


I imagine the fictitious name initech is to poke fun at how there are so many companies that have a varied spelling of this name: inotek, inateck, etc.

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