It’s not every day that a news item reminds me of a Grateful Dead lyric, but this one does:

(NewsCore) – Facebook is one step closer to trademarking the word “Face,” TechCrunch reported Tuesday.
The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent Facebook a Notice of Allowance, which means it will grant the “Face” trademark to the popular social networking site.

Sorry, but no matter what the lawyers say, I don’t think any longstanding English word should be owned.
But the whole thing does make this Dead lyric sound remarkably prophetic:

Like I told you
What I said
Steal your face
right off you head

I don’t know how others feel, but I refuse to surrender the word FACE. Next they’ll be wanting to own the letter F.
Can’t say we weren’t warned.

Yes, it’s a sad song.
(BTW, the “steal your face” lyric occurs twice, at 1:00 and 5:23.)