What kind of name is Oath?

Verizon announced last week that they'd be combining newly acquired Yahoo with AOL into a new company they are calling Oath. We discussed this on our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate and of course made fun of it. We are not the only ones who don't get it apparently as PCMag's John C Dvorak also can't quite figure it out and hopes its some kind of April Fool's joke.

Verizon will meld AOL with Yahoo and rebrand the operation as Oath, AOL chief Tim Armstrong announced yesterday. This comes around April 1, so it could be the back end of a dumb April Fool's Day joke. If it's not, I would immediately claim that it is a joke, because it's a good way to backtrack on a terrible idea.

Like Tronc, Oath is not a pleasant word. It sounds like a creepy, cultish organization. In Oath, there's definitely a secret handshake and a weird hat. In fact, Armstrong's tweet encourages people to #TaketheOath.