Odd Language #39: Different URL Interpretations

You may have seen various cases of URLs that can read in a way that was not intended. Any others that I have seen have the oddity in the domain name, but I have a case where it is in the parameters.

Consider http://www.itbusiness.ca/article/magic-printer-paper-works-with-water-instead-of-ink?utm_source=enews&utm_campaign=itbother&utm_medium=newsletter

The issue: “itbother” occurs twice. It is probably meant to be read as “ITB [IT Business] other”, but it can be read as “IT bother”. I subscribe to notifications from itbusiness.ca so I see many of these.