O knowledgable board,
I have noticed on several different zippers that I've owned over the years that the letters "YKK" appear. What does the acronym stand for (if it is, indeed, an acronym) and what greater meaning does it hold for us as human beings?
Dear XY what,
Here's a fun little challenge for you. Think of a company that makes shoes. Now think of a company that makes socks. Now one that makes pants. Now one that makes shirts. Easy, huh? In fact, there are probably several companies that make all of those items of clothing. Now think of a company that makes zippers. If you guessed YKK, you're right. But don't expect me to believe for one second that when you think zippers, you think YKK. Apparently YKK markets to zipper distributors, not to the end customer.
And it must work, because YKK is the world's largest zipper manufacturer. Founded in 1934 by Tadao Yoshida, YKK is a Japanese company. The acronym YKK comes from the name of the company, Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which means Yoshida Industries, Inc. Needless to say, that doesn't fit too well onto a zipper, nor does it roll right off the tongue. So YKK is the acronym of choice. I don't see too much deeper meaning in Yoshida Industries, Inc. Feel free to look for one. The company's philosophy is "No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others." And zippers certainly do render benefit to others. If you want, you can make that your deeper meaning.