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Title: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Redsoil on January 15, 2012, 06:48:10 AM
A business in the US pops up often enough here that I've become used to it, but it still sounds a bit strange to me!  Chik-fil-a (I think that's the spelling).  It just seems "awkward" to me.

What names have others found slightly unusual or strange to their ears/eyes?
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on January 15, 2012, 06:54:24 AM
Jiffy Lube sounds really rude to me.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Mrs T on January 18, 2012, 08:41:14 AM
Not a business name, but business "type" - Realtor. I always have to think twice as to what it is, because to me, the name doesn't describe it.
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Post by: Irishkitty on January 18, 2012, 09:05:59 AM
Not a business name, but business "type" - Realtor. I always have to think twice as to what it is, because to me, the name doesn't describe it.

Here we call them "estate agents" or "real estate agents". The former to me sounds like they're dealing with wills and the latter like they're dealing with vast huge stately properties.

"Siemens" - No need to comment there I feel.

"Soon Fatt" - a local take away  ::)

"Wimpys" (SPL?) - just seems wrong.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: nutraxfornerves on January 18, 2012, 09:13:20 AM
If my car is in an accident and I need the dents hammered out of the door, I take it to an American "body shop." If I were in Australia or New Zealand, I'd take it to a "panel beater." First time I saw "panel beater" on a sign, I had no idea what it might be. It certainly conjures up an image of a bunch of folks hammering out those dents.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 18, 2012, 10:31:09 AM
A business in the US pops up often enough here that I've become used to it, but it still sounds a bit strange to me!  Chik-fil-a (I think that's the spelling).  It just seems "awkward" to me.

What names have others found slightly unusual or strange to their ears/eyes?

Think of Chik-FIL-A as pronounced like 'Chick Filet'.  It means a boneless piece of chicken and that's what the chain offers.  we don't have those have those restaurants around here but I wish we did.

The first time I visited the UK, I had a problem with the 'Royal Liver's Insurance'. I thought  this was a company to insure the organ that lies in the center of our bodies.  Well, yes.  People in the UK and Ireland do tend to like their beer.  I didn't know that the word was pronounced with a long 'I' rather than a short one. 
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Irishkitty on January 18, 2012, 10:47:35 AM
A business in the US pops up often enough here that I've become used to it, but it still sounds a bit strange to me!  Chik-fil-a (I think that's the spelling).  It just seems "awkward" to me.

What names have others found slightly unusual or strange to their ears/eyes?

Think of Chik-FIL-A as pronounced like 'Chick Filet'.  It means a boneless piece of chicken and that's what the chain offers.  we don't have those have those restaurants around here but I wish we did.

The first time I visited the UK, I had a problem with the 'Royal Liver's Insurance'. I thought  this was a company to insure the organ that lies in the center of our bodies.  Well, yes.  People in the UK and Ireland do tend to like their beer.  I didn't know that the word was pronounced with a long 'I' rather than a short one. 

Yes, it's pronounced "lye - vers" I believe.

"Scottish widows" is another - it's a pension/investment group.
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Post by: BabylonSister on January 18, 2012, 10:50:14 AM
If my car is in an accident and I need the dents hammered out of the door, I take it to an American "body shop." If I were in Australia or New Zealand, I'd take it to a "panel beater." First time I saw "panel beater" on a sign, I had no idea what it might be. It certainly conjures up an image of a bunch of folks hammering out those dents.




And when *I* first came to the US and saw "body shop", I wondered why it didn't look girly and relaxing. I thought t would be a place where you'd buy beauty products for your body. ::)
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Betelnut on January 18, 2012, 11:04:28 AM
Not a business name, but business "type" - Realtor. I always have to think twice as to what it is, because to me, the name doesn't describe it.

Here we call them "estate agents" or "real estate agents". The former to me sounds like they're dealing with wills and the latter like they're dealing with vast huge stately properties.

"Siemens" - No need to comment there I feel.

"Soon Fatt" - a local take away  ::)

"Wimpys" (SPL?) - just seems wrong.

Wimpys is for a character in Popeye who ate hamburgers all the time.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Black Delphinium on January 18, 2012, 11:06:35 AM
A former Dunkin Donuts turned locally owned donut shop in central Pennsylvania- Curry Donuts. I'm sure its the family name, but it sounded disgusting the first time I saw the sign.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on January 18, 2012, 11:29:51 AM
Crye-Leike Realtors is a regional chain, but it always makes me think "Cry like a what?  Baby?" and doesn't particularly inspire me to feel chipper about buying a house :P
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Post by: WhiteTigerCub on January 18, 2012, 11:33:04 AM
I'm a US west coast girl. When I traveled to the east coast once, a top manager asked me if I wanted something from the Wawa. I thought he was going to the restroom.  :o

Wawa is a big convenience food store on the east coast.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: hobish on January 18, 2012, 11:40:04 AM
In a shopping center down toward Atlantic City there is a row of stores that by themselves wouldn’t be so bad; but lined up just looks odd.
BJ’s – Sieman’s – wingadingdingy’s* – maternity shop.

When i was doing alarm monitoring there was a shop called (Owner's) Meats & Perfumes. I am still not sure what that is all about. It's got something to do with spices, i bet; but i wonder to this day.

I know how Chik-Fil-A is pronounced, but it still looks weird to me, too. I am guessing it is the cutesy intentional misspelling, especially with a “k” in there and the dashes. I’m sure it’s more attractive from a marketing standpoint than Chick’ Filet would have been, but still.


Not "wingadingdingy's" - the sporting goods store
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Betelnut on January 18, 2012, 11:41:55 AM
In a shopping center down toward Atlantic City there is a row of stores that by themselves wouldn’t be so bad; but lined up just looks odd.
BJ’s – Sieman’s – wingadingdingy’s* – maternity shop.

 

LOL!!!!!
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: SamiHami on January 18, 2012, 11:54:32 AM
I will always have a fondness for Chik Fil A, as a Romanian friend of mine just could not get the name right. He always called it "cheek a fil." I thought that was adorable.
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Post by: amylouky on January 18, 2012, 11:59:11 AM
There's a cigar/tobacco store here called Cox's Smokers Outlet. It makes me snicker.
There's also a carpet outlet store in San Jose called MMM Carpet.. I was visiting a friend there and we passed by.. I said "Mmm, carpet?" He cracked up as he'd never thought of it that way.
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Post by: LTrew on January 18, 2012, 12:34:01 PM
In England they pronounce filet more like fillet or fillit, so I can see how Chik-fil-a wouldn't make sense to them at all.  "Fillit" steak doesn't sound as nice to me as a filet mignon, even though it is the same cut :)
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Slartibartfast on January 18, 2012, 02:30:14 PM
In 'n' Out Burger is another one that sounds dirty to me - probably because I didn't discover the chain until I was old enough to think of other connotations.
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Post by: Judah on January 18, 2012, 02:46:06 PM
In 'n' Out Burger is another one that sounds dirty to me - probably because I didn't discover the chain until I was old enough to think of other connotations.

In 'n Out Burger used to have a bumper sticker that was very popular, but people usually cut out the B and the r in Burger to give the bumper sticker a whole different meaning.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Shopaholic on January 18, 2012, 03:16:02 PM
Bars in Tel Aviv like to have American names.
Some examples:

Rosa Parks
Lehman Brothers (they're still going strong)
Morty & Helen's
Betty Ford (oh, the irony...)

I wonder if the owners even know who Rosa Parks and Betty Ford were, or just heard it somewhere and thought it sounded cool.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: MrTango on January 18, 2012, 03:24:16 PM
White Castle.

Around here, it's a fast-food place that specializes in very small "slider" burgers.

One of my wife's college roommates was from an area where White Castle was a chain of stores that specialize in adult "novelties" and videos.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: jedikaiti on January 18, 2012, 06:10:41 PM
Not a business name, but business "type" - Realtor. I always have to think twice as to what it is, because to me, the name doesn't describe it.

Here we call them "estate agents" or "real estate agents". The former to me sounds like they're dealing with wills and the latter like they're dealing with vast huge stately properties.

There's actually a difference, at least in the US. Realtors are part of the National Association of Realtors. Real estate agents aren't.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: jedikaiti on January 18, 2012, 06:14:13 PM
In 'n' Out Burger is another one that sounds dirty to me - probably because I didn't discover the chain until I was old enough to think of other connotations.

Along the same lines - Cum-n-Go. It's a chain of gas stations/convenience stores. Sounds like a house of ill repute, to me.
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Post by: Bluenomi on January 18, 2012, 06:28:51 PM
If my car is in an accident and I need the dents hammered out of the door, I take it to an American "body shop." If I were in Australia or New Zealand, I'd take it to a "panel beater." First time I saw "panel beater" on a sign, I had no idea what it might be. It certainly conjures up an image of a bunch of folks hammering out those dents.




And when *I* first came to the US and saw "body shop", I wondered why it didn't look girly and relaxing. I thought t would be a place where you'd buy beauty products for your body. ::)

It is if you are in the UK or Australia. The Body Shop sells all sorts of smelly girly things and are renown for selling those gift baskets of soaps and body washes you buy the female in your life you don't know what to buy for.

Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: BabylonSister on January 18, 2012, 06:41:39 PM
If my car is in an accident and I need the dents hammered out of the door, I take it to an American "body shop." If I were in Australia or New Zealand, I'd take it to a "panel beater." First time I saw "panel beater" on a sign, I had no idea what it might be. It certainly conjures up an image of a bunch of folks hammering out those dents.




And when *I* first came to the US and saw "body shop", I wondered why it didn't look girly and relaxing. I thought t would be a place where you'd buy beauty products for your body. ::)

It is if you are in the UK or Australia. The Body Shop sells all sorts of smelly girly things and are renown for selling those gift baskets of soaps and body washes you buy the female in your life you don't know what to buy for.


Now that you mention it, I must have seen one of those in France (where I lived prior to the US). Clearly, a US body shop is a rather different animal.  ;D
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 18, 2012, 06:44:43 PM
The Body Shop sells girly stuff in the US, too.

Personally, I love my husband's business name: Noneyo Bidness.

We live in Hawaii.  Most people try to pronounce it "No neh yo" as if it were an Asian or Hawaiian name.  Nope.  Closer to ebonics.

DH loves it when some bureaucrat asks him, "What's the name of your company?"
DH:  Noneyo Bidness
Bureaucrat:  Sir, I need the name of the business.
DH:  The name is "Noneyo Bidness."

Sometimes it goes round a couple times before they ask for the spelling and realize that DH is a rascal. >:D
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Post by: wendelenn on January 18, 2012, 10:36:17 PM
The Body Shop sells girly stuff in the US, too.

Personally, I love my husband's business name: Noneyo Bidness.

We live in Hawaii.  Most people try to pronounce it "No neh yo" as if it were an Asian or Hawaiian name.  Nope.  Closer to ebonics.

DH loves it when some bureaucrat asks him, "What's the name of your company?"
DH:  Noneyo Bidness
Bureaucrat:  Sir, I need the name of the business.
DH:  The name is "Noneyo Bidness."

Sometimes it goes round a couple times before they ask for the spelling and realize that DH is a rascal. >:D

Who's on first? :)
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Baxter on January 19, 2012, 02:13:03 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!
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Post by: iridaceae on January 19, 2012, 02:40:54 AM
I will always have a fondness for Chik Fil A, as a Romanian friend of mine just could not get the name right. He always called it "cheek a fil." I thought that was adorable.

I have a fondness for Chik-Fil-A since they once came around on BLack Friday and handed out hot chicken sandwiches to everyone waiting in line to announce the opening of a new store...about 5 miles away.

There is a store here in Tucson called The House of Hubcaps. It make me think of Bob & Ray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_and_Ray), because it sounds like something they would have come up with.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Shopaholic on January 19, 2012, 05:41:02 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!

Schindler is a huge company that is the biggest escalator manufacturer in the world, and a big elevator manufacturer as well.
According to wikipedia, they've been around since 1874 so they definitely have seniority - with both Oskar and Spielberg.
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Post by: Kitty Hawk on January 19, 2012, 06:32:33 AM
I am an American who has lived in Germany nearly 21 years now, and the Siemens thing had never occurred to me.  Possibly because here it is pronounced with Z sound, like Zee-mens.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 19, 2012, 07:42:29 AM
We have friends who visit Egypt for a few months every year.  They've come back with some howlers.

There are 'pitz' crackers and a fake scotch called 'Johnie Darkie Blue'.

One year, they brought me a nice jacket made by 'Saggy Sportswear'.  Of course, there's always 'Concrete Menswear'.
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Post by: Irishkitty on January 19, 2012, 08:54:57 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!

I noticed one of those in Dublin a couple of years ago, I had to stop and stare at it every.single.time.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 19, 2012, 09:08:50 AM
Another one that caused me problems the first time I visited London was the 'Army and Navy Stores'.
There, it was a big, beautiful department store.  I learned that it was originally intended to provide goods at reduced prices for military families.

In the US, an army/navy store is usually a small place where you can pick up surplus camo, pea jackets and flashlights. 
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Post by: RingTailedLemur on January 19, 2012, 10:11:54 AM
Another one that caused me problems the first time I visited London was the 'Army and Navy Stores'.
There, it was a big, beautiful department store.  I learned that it was originally intended to provide goods at reduced prices for military families.

In the US, an army/navy store is usually a small place where you can pick up surplus camo, pea jackets and flashlights.

Brits call that "army surplus".
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 19, 2012, 10:19:34 AM
Thank you, RingTailedLemur. 

When we visited Inverness we found a wonderful sweater, (pardon, jumper) in such a store. 
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Post by: marcel on January 19, 2012, 11:46:01 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!
I assume you mean to ask why Spielberg named a movie to sound just like a mayor company :D

I am dealing with them on an almost daily basis (Way too many  problems wit our elevators and escalators) and I never realized that the movies name is almost the same as their company name.
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Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on January 19, 2012, 12:05:20 PM
Get-Go - a gas station but it's logo makes me feel a little unwelcome "get in get gas get going" or something like that.

Wa-wa - gas/mart kind of place

Rude Trucking.  Although I haven't seen their trucks in awhile but we would always wonder what the customer service was like.  "Whadda yah want?!  !@#$%&*." etc.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on January 19, 2012, 12:22:16 PM
There's a Kane trucking company, which isn't odd, but their slogan "Kane is Able!" always gets to me.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 19, 2012, 12:43:03 PM
There's a Kane trucking company, which isn't odd, but their slogan "Kane is Able!" always gets to me.
Since I'm in Hawaii, when I see "Kane," I hear "Ka-ney" which means "man" in Hawaiian.  Usually meant in a macho way, so a "Kane trucking" would imply some big, burly guys loading and driving trucks around.  That's the guys I want to hire!

Then I saw their slogan.  (http://bestsmileys.com/doh/2.gif)
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Post by: Marisol on January 19, 2012, 12:43:54 PM
abc package store

If it doesn't sell packages, why is it called a package store?  That drove me crazy as a kid when my parents would stop for some liquor.
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Post by: Bethczar on January 19, 2012, 12:51:22 PM
abc package store

If it doesn't sell packages, why is it called a package store?  That drove me crazy as a kid when my parents would stop for some liquor.
What does it sell?
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Post by: jedikaiti on January 19, 2012, 01:12:05 PM
Booze.

Package, in this case, means 'package liquor'. No idea why it's not just called a liquor store, though.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: hobish on January 19, 2012, 01:17:07 PM
The Body Shop sells girly stuff in the US, too.

Personally, I love my husband's business name: Noneyo Bidness.

We live in Hawaii.  Most people try to pronounce it "No neh yo" as if it were an Asian or Hawaiian name.  Nope.  Closer to ebonics.

DH loves it when some bureaucrat asks him, "What's the name of your company?"
DH:  Noneyo Bidness
Bureaucrat:  Sir, I need the name of the business.
DH:  The name is "Noneyo Bidness."

Sometimes it goes round a couple times before they ask for the spelling and realize that DH is a rascal. >:D

Who's on first? :)

What's on second.

Right. The Body ShopTM is a store name that plays on a body shop. The Body ShopTM is where you get good stuff for your body; a body shop is where you get done stuff for your car's body.

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Post by: baglady on January 19, 2012, 03:22:09 PM
I have only seen one of these, parked in the yard of a trucking company: a semitrailer advertising Platonic Transport (motto: We don't fool around!)

Schindler's Lifts sounds as if it were trying to play off "Schindler's List." The way pr0n movie titles are often plays on the titles of real movies (e.g., On Golden Bl0nde). Which would make me do a double take as I consider "Schindler's List" far too serious a movie to make silly puns with its name. But if the lift company came first, it's just an unfortunate coincidence.

I never saw a Wawa until I moved to southern New Jersey for a year. All I could think of was Barbara Walters' "Saturday Night Live" alter ego, Baba Wawa.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 20, 2012, 11:16:52 AM
Chinese Take-out restaurants in NYC are notorious for odd names. 

'Ho-Hum' for people who like their food bland.

'Long Line' for people who are in no hurry to get their food. 

In the 1970s there was a shop on 1st Avenue that was devoted to truth in advertising.  The shop proudly announced that they sold, 'Cheese of Most Nations'.
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Post by: oz diva on January 22, 2012, 02:22:29 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!

Schindler is a huge company that is the biggest escalator manufacturer in the world, and a big elevator manufacturer as well.
According to wikipedia, they've been around since 1874 so they definitely have seniority - with both Oskar and Spielberg.

And Kenneally (who wrote the book).  ;)

Coon cheese anyone?
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 22, 2012, 10:31:44 AM
A package store is called that because they sell sealed containers of alcohol to be taken away unopened.  Another term for the same sort of place in the UK is 'off license'.  This means that alcohol is sold to be consumed off-premises. 
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Post by: GeauxTigers on January 22, 2012, 03:23:45 PM
Meanwhile, in Beijing.....


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Post by: pollymel on January 22, 2012, 03:50:24 PM
When I was in Canada, there were a couple of doozies based on the fact that "Roots" means uh, to play scrabble in Australia.  So, the Roots Store, commonly called a brothel here.  Roots Canada  showed enviable enthusiasm, and Roots Kids was just wrong.   
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Post by: Silversurfer on January 22, 2012, 11:40:00 PM
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  pollymel said
When I was in Canada, there were a couple of doozies based on the fact that "Roots" means uh, to play scrabble in Australia.  So, the Roots Store, commonly called a brothel here.  Roots Canada  showed enviable enthusiasm, and Roots Kids was just wrong.   

Bwahahah! I always thought it strange that we Aussies have another name for Burger King - its called Hungry Jacks here! (or is it the other way round?)
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Post by: Slartibartfast on January 23, 2012, 12:20:19 AM
Not the business name, but the website - we've got a semi-annual thrift store here specializing in kids' clothing, called Klassy Kids Exchange.  You bring in children's clothes/toys to consign, then the sale runs a week or so.

They got the rather unfortunate web address of klassykidsexchange dot com - I'm guessing nobody noticed "kid sex change" was in their name when they bought the domain  :-\
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Post by: Hollanda on January 23, 2012, 02:48:24 AM
I always used to giggle when my mum said we had flown with Virgin Atlantic enough times to be considered "frequent Virgins"...she actually tried to  make me, at aged 15, wear a red Tshirt saying "I Am A Frequent Virgin"...uh no. Just no.

The funniest thing I ever saw was this: a pub, called "The Travellers' Rest". Above that, was a hairdressers...the hairdressers was called "Cut Above The Rest." Clever, clever!!!
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Post by: mechtilde on January 23, 2012, 02:57:38 AM
I once saw a firm of estate agents called "Doolittle and Dalley"

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Post by: Irishkitty on January 23, 2012, 03:55:05 AM
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  pollymel said
When I was in Canada, there were a couple of doozies based on the fact that "Roots" means uh, to play scrabble in Australia.  So, the Roots Store, commonly called a brothel here.  Roots Canada  showed enviable enthusiasm, and Roots Kids was just wrong.   

Bwahahah! I always thought it strange that we Aussies have another name for Burger King - its called Hungry Jacks here! (or is it the other way round?)

I thought that Hungry Jacks was modelled on BK. There is actually Burger King in Australia, I should know, I briefly worked for them :D  (I did prefer Hungry Jacks though!)
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Post by: Mom2PBJ on January 23, 2012, 08:28:14 AM

I know how Chik-Fil-A is pronounced, but it still looks weird to me, too. I am guessing it is the cutesy intentional misspelling, especially with a “k” in there and the dashes. I’m sure it’s more attractive from a marketing standpoint than Chick’ Filet would have been, but still.

And don't forget their mascot - a cow whose motto is "eat more chiken".
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Post by: Glaceon on January 23, 2012, 10:01:42 AM
Joe's Crab Shack. 

A local car dealer named Phil McKrackin.
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Post by: Snooks on January 23, 2012, 12:09:54 PM
When I was in Canada, there were a couple of doozies based on the fact that "Roots" means uh, to play scrabble in Australia.  So, the Roots Store, commonly called a brothel here.  Roots Canada  showed enviable enthusiasm, and Roots Kids was just wrong.   

I was just coming to this thread to mention Roots.  Although the problem in the UK isn't Roots it's their Beaver Creek clothing.  In the UK a lady would not walk down the street with a t-shirt advertising her beaver.
Title: Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
Post by: emwithme on January 24, 2012, 01:27:52 PM
There's a law firm near where I grew up called Wright Hassall (http://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/aboutus/our_name.aspx). 

It got its name in the 1870s
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Post by: Snowy Owl on January 24, 2012, 06:56:46 PM

There's quite a UK art gallery that now calls itself Godfrey & Watt.  Its original name had a T in front of the watt.  As this sounds the same when spoken as a rather impolite euphemism for ladyparts the name always rather amused me. 

Much to my amusement the name soon dropped the T. 
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Post by: DaisyG on January 26, 2012, 04:47:12 PM
Re: The Body ShopTM

Sorry to go back a bit in the thread, but the funniest bit for me is that the first Body Shop was opened next to a funeral directors'.
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Post by: veryfluffy on January 26, 2012, 05:31:20 PM
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on January 26, 2012, 05:32:34 PM
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
There's a Vietnamese place down the road from me call Pho Shizzle.
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Post by: Julian on January 26, 2012, 10:02:41 PM
A chicken franchise that seems purely Tasmanian is called Legs and Breasts. 

And the tiny little coffee shop where I have my coffee every morning is Budgie Smugglers - complete with a wall sign of a budgie wearing a red mask.  It's a bit of a draw for tourists, oddly enough.

Tassie is full of odd place names too - there have been at least 2 books I know of which look at odd place names here.
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Post by: Hollanda on January 27, 2012, 11:17:04 AM

There's quite a UK art gallery that now calls itself Godfrey & Watt.  Its original name had a T in front of the watt.  As this sounds the same when spoken as a rather impolite euphemism for ladyparts the name always rather amused me. 

Much to my amusement the name soon dropped the T.

Oh that would make me howl laughing.

I once stood outside a restaurant called "Gaylords". In London!!
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on January 28, 2012, 10:47:29 AM
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
Lee Ho Fook, on Gerrard St. was made famous by Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. "Saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain, he was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's, going to get a big dish of beef chow mein."

(http://aroundtheworldtoday.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/lee-ho-fook-werewolves-of-london.jpg)
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Post by: Nibsey on January 28, 2012, 11:05:36 AM
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQaWAqQ3Xmf4_Xc0oeaNADXtn6VYU_NnFWCghMOOjKoEwSd2u7DAg)

I always smile watching the tourists taking pictures of this shop next to trinity.
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Post by: Luci on January 28, 2012, 02:06:14 PM
I was sad about this:
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. We finally went, he loved it, and they closed the chain a year after our first visit. I think they still do grocery store items, but it's not the same. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

There is still a  video store chain called FLICKS. The one I knew failed (I hope) because it was written in neon capital letters too close together so that the L and I looked like one letter.....................oops.

Of course, Fanny May candies in the US is still doing quite well. I always wonder what our British visitors think about that!
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Post by: kckgirl on January 28, 2012, 03:36:13 PM
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

What?
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Post by: Luci on January 28, 2012, 03:40:54 PM
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

What?
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Post by: Luci on January 28, 2012, 03:48:58 PM
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

What?

I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was that they didn't get the business they needed, or if there was something internally in the company like embezzlement or infighting that made the restaurant end of the the company fail.
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Post by: Harriet Jones on January 28, 2012, 04:42:18 PM
Personally, I think it was the terrible food that caused Chi-Chi's to finally fold up.  Wikipedia says the chain was in existence for about 30 years, though.
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on January 28, 2012, 05:03:05 PM
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?
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Post by: kckgirl on January 28, 2012, 05:13:50 PM
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

That's what I meant. I loved the best fresh salsa!
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Post by: Luci on January 28, 2012, 06:00:56 PM
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

It's just too cutesy and childish and silly and doesn't really mean anything ----------- to him. Guess I got my answer: That wasn't the reason it failed.

By the way, I just accepted it.  Sort'a like, Whatever (as much as I hate that word).

Thanks.
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Post by: CLD on January 28, 2012, 09:46:51 PM
In certain Spanish-speaking countries, chi-chi is a slang word for mammary glands, the vulgarity level varying from place to place. 

I don't think that's why the chain disappeared, but I remember Spanish speakers laughing about it way back when.
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Post by: Redsoil on January 28, 2012, 10:09:20 PM
The things you learn!  Some good ones here.
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Post by: Shopaholic on January 28, 2012, 10:49:28 PM
That reminds me that in Spanish, Pajero is a slang word for one who likes to please oneself.
I guess nobody at Mitsubishi bothered to check that beforehand.
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Post by: dawnfire on January 29, 2012, 10:08:52 PM
There's a medical waste company called Sweeny Todd
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Post by: baglady on January 29, 2012, 10:25:38 PM
When I was in Spain, there was a local confection called a "chocho." Every souvenir shop in the city had a little sign advertising "Chochos Tipicos de Salamanca." There were a couple of Mallorcan students living with my host family, and they got a kick out of this because in Mallorca, apparently "chocho" was slang for lady bits.

I've never actually seen Fanny May candies. The first time I heard the name, I thought someone was confusing Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Agency) with Fannie Farmer (which is a candy brand as well as the name of a famous cooking school/cookbook line).

I'm curious as to how "fanny" came to mean lady bits in British. After all, in "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge had a sister named Fan (short for Frances, I presume?). If there were females called Fan, did they never get called Fanny as children? Or is it one of those slang terms that started out as a perfectly OK proper name, then developed a secondary vulgar meaning (like D!ck and Willy)?
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Post by: Luci on January 30, 2012, 08:11:26 AM
I didn't know Fanny May candy was not nationwide - US. The first time I had them was in 1963, and they have some chocolate mints that are almost too good to be true.

http://www.fanniemay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryNavigate?catalogId=12302&categoryId=400005581&storeId=20052&langId=-1&subCatName=Best+Sellers&catName=Best+Sellers

When I was growing up, 'fanny' meant a person's rear end, as well as being a fairly old and common woman's nickname  or given name. Guess it just shifted a bit.

There's a medical waste company called Sweeny Todd

 :D
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Post by: emwithme on January 30, 2012, 08:20:05 AM
When I was growing up, 'fanny' meant a person's rear end, as well as being a fairly old and common woman's nickname  or given name. Guess it just shifted a bit.

Here in England, fanny is definitely not the same as in the US.  It means *ahem* front bottom, rather than bottom.  It always made me laugh in the late 80s (I was ten or so), when people on American TV wore "fanny packs" - to us here they were "bum bags". 

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Post by: camlan on January 30, 2012, 08:25:33 AM
Fannie Farmer was a real person, who was president of the Boston Cooking School. For many years, there was a Boston area chain of candy stores named Fanny Farmer, but although named after her, the chain was started after her death. They had the best cream-filled Easter eggs.

I've wondered about the UK usage of fanny as well--in Austen's Mansfield Park, the main character is named Fanny.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 30, 2012, 09:57:01 AM
Fannie Farmer was a real person, who was president of the Boston Cooking School. For many years, there was a Boston area chain of candy stores named Fanny Farmer, but although named after her, the chain was started after her death. They had the best cream-filled Easter eggs.

I've wondered about the UK usage of fanny as well--in Austen's Mansfield Park, the main character is named Fanny.

My mother had the Fanny Farmer cookbook.  The candy shops were also quite common in the New York area.  In Canada, virtually identical sweets were sold under the name of Laura Scudder.

In the USA, fanny is a very mild term for the 'back of the lap '.  It's perfectly acceptable to use the term around young children. 

It seems that the US use of the term is probably only about 70 years old. As a child in the 1950s I remember shopping for birthday cards with my mother.  There was one about getting older that cracked her up.  The verse included something about, 'You and I both remember when Fanny was a girl's name'.
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Post by: shadowfox79 on January 30, 2012, 10:02:35 AM
We have a hair salon near my house called Kurl Up and Dye.
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Post by: Thipu1 on February 08, 2012, 09:26:58 AM
How about the 'One Stop Cop Shop'?

It's a store in Brooklyn that caters to law enforcement officers.  The place offers uniform components, accessories and firearms. 

Civilians can certainly shop there.  Police shoes are popular among people whose jobs require them to be on their feet a lot.  NYPD  sweatshirts and caps are also good sellers.  However, to buy anything sensitive, the buyer must present appropriate identification. 
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Post by: Leafy on February 10, 2012, 04:43:13 PM
DH and I fell about laughing when we were visiting San Francisco and saw a van for a plumbing business called "rescue rooter". As has been mentioned numerous times on this board, 'root' in Australia is slang for 'play scrabble'. We could not imagine how you could be rescued by a scrabble player/rooter. We were so amused we took a picture  :D. 
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Post by: Redsoil on February 11, 2012, 06:09:03 AM
When I was visiting Tasmania, I drove through a place called "Penguin".  Stopped and took a couple of photos:

"Penguin Butcher"

"Penguin Meals-on-Wheels"
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Post by: Thipu1 on February 11, 2012, 09:30:42 AM
The neighborhood has a lovely wine shop called 'Big Nose, Full Body'.
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Post by: Marisol on February 11, 2012, 10:16:54 AM
Beard Papa's Fresh'n Natural Cream Puffs.

Just sounds so odd.  I want to try one though.


Chi Chi's was around for a long time.  I remember eating at them all the time.  They still rank best in my mind for having perfect fried ice cream made just how I like it.  No one else does it the same.  They also had this wonderful Sunday brunch occasionally.  We used to have it on Easter Sunday for some reason.  However, the food started going downhill in the 90's.  The fried ice cream was still good. 
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Post by: Slartibartfast on February 11, 2012, 11:05:57 AM
DH and I fell about laughing when we were visiting San Francisco and saw a van for a plumbing business called "rescue rooter". As has been mentioned numerous times on this board, 'root' in Australia is slang for 'play scrabble'. We could not imagine how you could be rescued by a scrabble player/rooter. We were so amused we took a picture  :D.

I find this one really funny  ;D  I'm imagining them being a short-notice escort service: "Hello, Rescue Rooter?  I had a blind date tonight and he turned out to be a total jerk.  But I'm desperate to get laid!  How soon can you get here?"
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Post by: Julian on February 11, 2012, 07:02:36 PM
When I was visiting Tasmania, I drove through a place called "Penguin".  Stopped and took a couple of photos:

"Penguin Butcher"

"Penguin Meals-on-Wheels"

There is a town just north of Hobart called Baghdad.  During the last Gulf war, the town butcher got a bit weary of the jokes and shut up shop.
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Post by: Redsoil on February 12, 2012, 04:13:41 AM
When I was visiting Tasmania, I drove through a place called "Penguin".  Stopped and took a couple of photos:

"Penguin Butcher"

"Penguin Meals-on-Wheels"

There is a town just north of Hobart called Baghdad.  During the last Gulf war, the town butcher got a bit weary of the jokes and shut up shop.

Things were obviously pretty extreme!  One would quickly become fed-up with all the "wits"  (half-wits?) who would have tried out all the tired old lines...
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Post by: The Legend of Daisy on February 12, 2012, 05:38:09 AM
My British boyfriend cracked up when he saw the Canadian chain Mr Lube.
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Post by: Luci on February 12, 2012, 08:46:26 AM
I like the car wash called Scuba Duck. The logo is a duck all decked out in scuba gear, including the flippers.
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Post by: 123sandy on February 12, 2012, 09:40:27 AM
I find Krispy Kreme a bit stomach turning.
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Post by: Thipu1 on February 13, 2012, 08:56:45 AM
There used to be wine bar in Bay Ridge with the name 'Between the Toes'.  No thank you.
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Post by: Luci on February 13, 2012, 09:57:44 AM
'The Feed Lot' seems to be a pretty popular name for steak houses. I've been to Kansas. I know what a feed lot is. It is not appetizing.

On the other hand, bars named "My Brother's Place" and "The Office" are pretty funny to me.

There used to be wine bar in Bay Ridge with the name 'Between the Toes'.  No thank you.

I refuse to drink 'Barefoot' wines, too.
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Post by: Ereine on February 13, 2012, 10:20:21 AM
My town has Office, Pharmacy, School and Old Bank, all bars that used to be something else (or Toimisto, Apteekki and Koulu, Old Bank is in English).
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Post by: HorseFreak on February 13, 2012, 10:34:51 AM
I was watching "Dance Moms" last week and at the beginning of the episode they zoomed in on a local florist/gift shop called "Flowers in the Attic." I went  :o.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on February 13, 2012, 03:28:10 PM
Beard Papa's Fresh'n Natural Cream Puffs.
Beard Papa's used to have an outlet on my street, less than a block away.  I was a frequent customer.  As we say in Hawaii, "Ono-licious! Dem's good grinds."

Beard Papa's is franchised by a Japanese company.  I am often ??? when I see English names for Japanese products. I don't get "Beard Papa" or what he has to do with cream puffs, but the puffs are good no matter what you call them. ;D
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Post by: JonGirl on February 14, 2012, 01:23:40 AM
I was watching "Dance Moms" last week and at the beginning of the episode they zoomed in on a local florist/gift shop called "Flowers in the Attic." I went  :o.

Good grief!

I like the one on the other side of town "The Lone Hydranga"!

 ;D
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Post by: shadowfox79 on February 14, 2012, 05:00:42 AM
There's a dress shop I used to pass on my route to work, called "The Story of O".

I have no idea if they've read the book, but it made me laugh every time I saw it.
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Post by: Snowy Owl on February 14, 2012, 03:17:54 PM
There's a dress shop I used to pass on my route to work, called "The Story of O".

I have no idea if they've read the book, but it made me laugh every time I saw it.

Hilarious  ;D ;D

I'd imagine they've probably not read it, although it would depend on what they sold and it's location.  If it's in Soho and caters to some scenes, they probably did it intentionally.  If it's in Tunbridge Wells selling evening wear then probably not. 
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 14, 2012, 04:15:37 PM
Today I spotted a truck from a mobile paper-shredding company. They equip trucks with heavy-duty shredders and go to businesses to dispose of sensitive documents.

The truck was large and the company name was emblazoned on the side in big letters. The initial letters were a different color and twice the size of the rest of the letters.  I'm going to change the name of the company, but leave the initials the same. Just imagine the initial letters really standing out as the first thing you see from a distance. Acme Shredding Specialists.
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Post by: dawnfire on February 14, 2012, 06:37:59 PM
the used to be a bar called someplace else.
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Post by: shadowfox79 on February 15, 2012, 01:22:39 AM
There's a dress shop I used to pass on my route to work, called "The Story of O".

I have no idea if they've read the book, but it made me laugh every time I saw it.

Hilarious  ;D ;D

I'd imagine they've probably not read it, although it would depend on what they sold and it's location.  If it's in Soho and caters to some scenes, they probably did it intentionally.  If it's in Tunbridge Wells selling evening wear then probably not.

It's in Leeds, and sells vintage clothing. Not something I'd associate with "The Story of O"!
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Post by: oz diva on February 15, 2012, 05:18:22 AM
There's a business near me called CPAP care, which I think is something medical, but you can't help calling it Crap Care.
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Post by: squeakers on February 15, 2012, 07:53:32 AM
A local city decided to jump on the app wagon.  It has one that tells you about the city and where to eat/shop etc.

Cedar Rapids is a great place.. so I am not sure I would have went with the following:

CR
App

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Post by: Thipu1 on February 15, 2012, 10:22:43 AM
the used to be a bar called someplace else.

We have a local bar called 'The Fifth Amendment'

For those of you who don't know it, 'Taking the Fifth' in US courts, means refusing to answer a question when the answer may incriminate the witness. 
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 15, 2012, 10:33:42 AM
There's a business near me called CPAP care, which I think is something medical, but you can't help calling it Crap Care.
CPAP is "Continuous positive airway pressure," a type of breathing machine. It is often used by people who have sleep apnea.
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Post by: Julia Mercer on February 17, 2012, 11:16:13 PM
I've seen the T&A Truck Stops here in Ontario Canada (and probably elsewhere), makes me think of......well, I think you know, lol!

Jules
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Post by: Shea on March 15, 2012, 08:06:32 PM
Canadian Tire doesn't sound rude, but it does throw people off if they haven't heard of it before. It sounds like an auto-parts store (and they do have tires and auto parts!) but they also sell all kinds of stuff, from dishes to vacuum cleaners to boots.

On the subject of business names that sound naughty, there's a restaurant in Portland, OR, called Wanker's :o.
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Post by: kareng57 on March 15, 2012, 09:03:01 PM
One business (in the home-maintenance category) has, as part of its name, "All Seasons".  I contacted them a couple of days ago and left a voicemail.

They called me back, rather irate, and told me that of course they are not open during the winter.  Okey-dokey....
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Post by: Luci on March 15, 2012, 09:08:36 PM
1.
Pathology . a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.

2.
British . a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district: London is the great wen of England.

That's the definition of 'wen'. My mother had a wen and I hated doing her hair because it was so awful to me. Now, there's a quite respected and I understand pretty good line of hair care products from Wen. I can't find out where the name came from, but I'm sure there is a good reason for it that has nothing to do with the wen I knew.

To me, it's as much a turnoff as restaurants called 'The Feed Lot', that I mentioned above, I think.
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Post by: Shopaholic on April 19, 2012, 02:14:53 AM
There is a new bistro in town called "Betty White"

I think the trend is to find an English woman's name, regardless of who she is, and name an establishment after her. I've already mentioned this, but we have pubs called Rosa Parks, Betty Ford, Frieda Kahlo (at least it's latin-inspired), Vicky Cristina (tapas bar), and more...
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Post by: Martienne on April 19, 2012, 02:26:33 AM
the used to be a bar called someplace else.

There's one here called Somewhere...

The ellipsis is part of the name.
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Post by: turtleIScream on April 19, 2012, 09:41:43 AM
In the US, it's common for car dealerships to put their name on cars they sell - either through a sticker, license plate surround, or even painted on. I was driving behind a car the other day that was purchased from Krapohl Autos.
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Post by: Lynn2000 on April 22, 2012, 10:01:28 PM
Apparently there's a chain of supermarkets in the US called Piggly Wiggly. Maybe in the South? I'm in the Midwest and have never seen one in real life. I guess you get used to things, but I can't imagine saying, "I'm going to run down to the Piggly Wiggly," with a straight face... :)
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Post by: violinp on April 22, 2012, 10:12:44 PM
Apparently there's a chain of supermarkets in the US called Piggly Wiggly. Maybe in the South? I'm in the Midwest and have never seen one in real life. I guess you get used to things, but I can't imagine saying, "I'm going to run down to the Piggly Wiggly," with a straight face... :)

Yup, it's in the South. I've only seen them when in South Carolina, though.
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Post by: JoW on April 22, 2012, 10:20:17 PM
Piggly Wiggly is common in the south east US.  The founder of the chain promoted something just about everyone on this board uses at least once each week.

The Shopping Cart was introduced in a Piggly Wiggly. 
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Post by: Slartibartfast on April 23, 2012, 08:34:35 AM
Not just the south - there's one in my hometown in Wisconsin, as well as one here in Alabama.  It's a great name, though!
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Post by: Bethczar on April 23, 2012, 03:43:41 PM
When my class was studying Beowulf my friend drew the Piggly Wiggly pig with Viking horns. She called it Piglaf Wiglaf.  :P

There were no Piggly Wiggly stores in my town, but I've seen them in other Wisconsin towns since.
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Post by: jedikaiti on April 23, 2012, 04:23:05 PM
Apparently there's a chain of supermarkets in the US called Piggly Wiggly. Maybe in the South? I'm in the Midwest and have never seen one in real life. I guess you get used to things, but I can't imagine saying, "I'm going to run down to the Piggly Wiggly," with a straight face... :)

In the Midwest, my grandmother used to go shopping at the Hinky Dinky.
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Post by: kareng57 on April 23, 2012, 07:03:43 PM
Piggly Wiggly is common in the south east US.  The founder of the chain promoted something just about everyone on this board uses at least once each week.

The Shopping Cart was introduced in a Piggly Wiggly.


I remember it being mentioned in the film Driving Miss Daisy.  IIRC, she was "on her way to the Piggly Wiggly" when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and her son decided No More Driving.
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Post by: Luci on April 23, 2012, 09:14:51 PM
Piggly Wiggly is common in the south east US.  The founder of the chain promoted something just about everyone on this board uses at least once each week.

The Shopping Cart was introduced in a Piggly Wiggly.


I remember it being mentioned in the film Driving Miss Daisy.  IIRC, she was "on her way to the Piggly Wiggly" when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and her son decided No More Driving.

If she had really been from the area, she would have said 'the Pig'......oh, wait!. It was very proper Miss Daisy.

It used to creep me out that the icon Piggly wore a butcher cap and an apron. I swear I saw him with a cleaver in his front hock once, but I can't find it, so it must have been my 7 year old imagination at work.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on April 23, 2012, 10:17:56 PM
I can't remember where I first saw it, but there's a very handy four-point system for determining how good a barbecue restaurant is:

1 point: has a non-porcine logo
2 points: has a pig as the logo
3 points: the pig is anthropomorphic
4 points: the pig is smiling while preparing to cannibalistically chow down on some pork barbecue

The more points the restaurant has, the better  :P
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Post by: Layla Miller on April 24, 2012, 08:20:40 AM
I can't remember where I first saw it, but there's a very handy four-point system for determining how good a barbecue restaurant is:

1 point: has a non-porcine logo
2 points: has a pig as the logo
3 points: the pig is anthropomorphic
4 points: the pig is smiling while preparing to cannibalistically chow down on some pork barbecue

The more points the restaurant has, the better  :P

Similarly, it always disturbs me a little when I see those teddy bear making stores where there's a big tub of cotton being turned by a teddy bear.  I mean, think of the human equivalent: a person continually churning a giant barrel of guts!  It's barbaric!  ;D
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Post by: Thipu1 on April 24, 2012, 10:16:42 AM
You don't see it so much these days, but a few decades ago there were stores that specialized in gifts, cards, and stationery  that had very odd names. 

In the neighborhood where we live, there was the 'Windmill'.  We still have a stationery shop called 'Lion in the Sun'.

When I was a child, the little town where we lived had the 'Beehive' right across the street from the 'Penguin'.

BTW, 'Lion in the Sun' makes for great entertainment.  They do custom invitations and display samples in the shop window.  Sometimes, they throw in a zinger. A sample might be something like,

'Ann and Ben Collins are proud to announce the arrival of Baby David. 
Born x date at y hospital. 
Length: 20 inches.
weight: 42 pounds.

You have to admit, things like this do make people stop for a look and a laugh.


 
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Post by: drzim on April 29, 2012, 01:56:38 PM
the used to be a bar called someplace else.

We have a local bar called 'The Fifth Amendment'

For those of you who don't know it, 'Taking the Fifth' in US courts, means refusing to answer a question when the answer may incriminate the witness.

We have a local brewpub called the '21st Amendment' which of course, was the amendment that repealed Prohibition...
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Post by: SamiHami on April 29, 2012, 07:40:49 PM
Apparently there's a chain of supermarkets in the US called Piggly Wiggly. Maybe in the South? I'm in the Midwest and have never seen one in real life. I guess you get used to things, but I can't imagine saying, "I'm going to run down to the Piggly Wiggly," with a straight face... :)

Oh, yes. Piggly Wiggly is all over here in my city (Charleston, SC). We usually just say "I'm running to the Pig- need anything?" Of course, if you need some harder to find items you go to the "Big Pig" which is the largest store in the chain in my area, because they have more variety. My next door neighbor is the manager of my local Pig!

Some things about the Pig:

They are very into selling locally grown foods, which is a big plus for a lot of people. We have a large farming community so many of us prefer to buy our produce there.

The Newton family, the owners of the chain, also own one of our finest (and nationally renowned) restaurants.

They have recently come out with their own brand of beer called Pig Swig.

I used to know a young woman who was married to a Newton. Sadly, she was widowed a few years later. When she remarried several years later, the Newtons insisted on giving her a $2 million house as a wedding gift. Must be nice!
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Post by: WillyNilly on May 01, 2012, 11:22:57 AM
In NY and NJ its not uncommon, or at least it wasn't as of a few years ago (I drive less now) to see delivery trucks labeled G.O.D., with their contact info prominently displayed 1 800 Dial God and their reassurance "With G.O.D., you gain the peace of mind that your shipment will arrive on-time and intact - guaranteed"

Guaranteed
Overnight
Delivery
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Post by: Moray on May 01, 2012, 11:32:00 AM
A new Thai restaurant opened up in my neighborhood.

Thai-A-Royd. Yup, thyroid. It's actually getting decent reviews, so in spite of the name, I think I have[i/] to eat there.
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Post by: jedikaiti on May 18, 2012, 06:31:28 PM
I can't remember where I first saw it, but there's a very handy four-point system for determining how good a barbecue restaurant is:

1 point: has a non-porcine logo
2 points: has a pig as the logo
3 points: the pig is anthropomorphic
4 points: the pig is smiling while preparing to cannibalistically chow down on some pork barbecue

The more points the restaurant has, the better  :P

Reminds me of a Cuban sandwich shop I fell in love with during a summer in Cape Canaveral, FL. This is their catering poster:
http://nasa2008.shutterfly.com/234 (http://nasa2008.shutterfly.com/234)

MAN those were some good sandwiches! Alas, they are unwilling/unable to overnight one to me in CO. :-)
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Post by: jedikaiti on May 18, 2012, 06:33:44 PM
A new Thai restaurant opened up in my neighborhood.

Thai-A-Royd. Yup, thyroid. It's actually getting decent reviews, so in spite of the name, I think I have[i/] to eat there.

How about Thai Tanic?
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 18, 2012, 07:25:15 PM
A Chinese restaurant: Fook Yuen.

I know, it's a legitimate Chinese name and it is only our infantile sense of humor that twists it around into something that sounds bad. >:D
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Post by: Slartibartfast on May 18, 2012, 11:12:06 PM
I was a bit sad to see today that "Vinnie's Authentic Indian" finally has closed.  I mean, I suppose "Vinnie" can be a nickname for a traditionally Indian name too, but the "authentic" part always made me picture some stereotypical Italian mobster guy saying "no really, it's Indian food!"
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Post by: jaxsue on May 27, 2012, 12:39:23 PM
I used to live in a NJ city where there were 2 businesses next to each other: one was named "Fox," the other "Mulder."  :)
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Post by: #borecore on June 07, 2012, 11:06:14 AM
Apparently there's a chain of supermarkets in the US called Piggly Wiggly. Maybe in the South? I'm in the Midwest and have never seen one in real life. I guess you get used to things, but I can't imagine saying, "I'm going to run down to the Piggly Wiggly," with a straight face... :)

Oh, yes. Piggly Wiggly is all over here in my city (Charleston, SC). We usually just say "I'm running to the Pig- need anything?" Of course, if you need some harder to find items you go to the "Big Pig" which is the largest store in the chain in my area, because they have more variety. My next door neighbor is the manager of my local Pig!

Some things about the Pig:

They are very into selling locally grown foods, which is a big plus for a lot of people. We have a large farming community so many of us prefer to buy our produce there.

The Newton family, the owners of the chain, also own one of our finest (and nationally renowned) restaurants.

They have recently come out with their own brand of beer called Pig Swig.

I used to know a young woman who was married to a Newton. Sadly, she was widowed a few years later. When she remarried several years later, the Newtons insisted on giving her a $2 million house as a wedding gift. Must be nice!

As far as I can tell, Piggly Wiggly is a chain of independently owned shops started by the Saunders family.

It looks like your local stores are the chain's largest franchise group, once owned by some Newtons and now run by a man with the surname of Schools and "employee-owned."

The one Piggly Wiggly I have experience with, in Georgia in the '80s and '90s, was disgusting. I hope they've improved over the years! Perhaps individual franchisees excel.

Moving on ...
My town has Book People and Book Woman. Either seems to accept patrons of any age and sex (though the former is a general-interest bookstore and the latter is a feminist/female interest bookstore).

For some reason the Poodle Dog Lounge (which has a (trashy) Christmas theme year-round) cracks me up.
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Post by: GeauxTigers on June 12, 2012, 08:23:08 PM
I used to live in a NJ city where there were 2 businesses next to each other: one was named "Fox," the other "Mulder."  :)

Oh, excellent! Did they root for the Jersey Devils?
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Post by: Marisol on August 21, 2012, 01:55:24 PM
Is the Piggly Wiggly the one with a giant sun with sunglasses on that looks like a deranged Lisa Simpson?  I sort of remember seeing lots of those when driving through the South. 
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Post by: DavidH on August 21, 2012, 02:22:53 PM
I think it was the presentation, but there is a marmalade made by Wm P. Hartley.  For a long time, on the top of the jar in the US, the P. and Hartley were so closely spaced that it read like one word suggesting an undesirable result from consuming it.
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Post by: #borecore on August 21, 2012, 03:03:57 PM
Is the Piggly Wiggly the one with a giant sun with sunglasses on that looks like a deranged Lisa Simpson?  I sort of remember seeing lots of those when driving through the South.

Piggly Wiggly has a pig in a paper hat.
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Post by: Pippen on August 24, 2012, 04:39:26 PM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!

Because if you get stuck in one no one will come and help you. 10 of us spent 3 hours tapped in one one night and the operators on the emergency phone kept hanging up on us and refused to send a tech out. Eventually we managed to prise the doors open and escape between 2 floors.
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Post by: snowdragon on August 24, 2012, 10:45:42 PM
Two for the Dr Who fans out there:

Dalex Construction

and

Dalex Extermination

The first is almost brain hurty.
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Post by: marcel on September 02, 2012, 07:18:05 AM
Schindlers Lifts - an elevator company in Australia.  Why, just why?!

Because if you get stuck in one no one will come and help you. 10 of us spent 3 hours tapped in one one night and the operators on the emergency phone kept hanging up on us and refused to send a tech out. Eventually we managed to prise the doors open and escape between 2 floors.
To be fair though, those operators probably don't work for Schindler. On the other hand, we once had to wait 3 hours for the Schindler mechanic to come, when we had people stuck in an elevator. By that time we had already had the fire department rescue them, and then we had a good talk with Schindler about response times.
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Post by: katycoo on September 02, 2012, 08:16:27 PM
I once stood outside a restaurant called "Gaylords". In London!!

Gaylord is an oldfashioned men's first name.  In London, that doesn't suprise me at all.
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Post by: Sharnita on September 03, 2012, 08:01:23 AM
I once stood outside a restaurant called "Gaylords". In London!!

Gaylord is an oldfashioned men's first name.  In London, that doesn't suprise me at all.

There is a town named Gaylord in Michigan.
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Post by: Mental Magpie on September 06, 2012, 01:00:57 PM
There is a building easily visible from the interstate that has its name in big letters. "SIX & GEVING".  I never read it right...


Also, there is a chain of tire and lube stores called Abra.  I want to open up a shop next to each one of their chains and name it Cadabra; it will be a body shop ;).

ETA: proper spelling.
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Post by: Twik on September 07, 2012, 10:09:11 AM
There's a firm that's involved a lot in public constructions around my town - Priestley Demolitions.

I know it's just a name, but I love to visualize them doing their job by blowing ram's horns instead of using wrecking balls.
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Post by: wendelenn on September 07, 2012, 10:11:09 AM
There's a firm that's involved a lot in public constructions around my town - Priestley Demolitions.

I know it's just a name, but I love to visualize them doing their job by blowing ram's horns instead of using wrecking balls.

No, they use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. One, two, FIVE! (Three, sir!) Three! :)
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Post by: GeauxTigers on September 07, 2012, 03:03:27 PM
There's a firm that's involved a lot in public constructions around my town - Priestley Demolitions.

I know it's just a name, but I love to visualize them doing their job by blowing ram's horns instead of using wrecking balls.

No, they use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. One, two, FIVE! (Three, sir!) Three! :)

But the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is not designed for demolition purposes - it is intended only to blowest thine enemy into tiny bits, in thy mercy...
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Post by: crella on September 08, 2012, 04:25:58 AM
There's a firm that's involved a lot in public constructions around my town - Priestley Demolitions.

I know it's just a name, but I love to visualize them doing their job by blowing ram's horns instead of using wrecking balls.

My kingdom for a 'like' button   ;D


There's a couple of Chinese restaurants near our house in the US called 'Chin-chin'. I have no idea what it means in Chinese, but in Japanese it means 'p*nis'. DH always makes some kind of remark when we go by one.
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Post by: Chonsil on September 08, 2012, 04:05:37 PM
I've been skimming a bit and I don't think I've missed a mention of this but forgive me if I'm wrong.

This isn't an individual business name as such, but in the UK the people that make headstones for graves are called "monumental sculptors". It took me ages to figure out what they were and I still can't help but think of "monumental" as meaning "huge" or "exceptionally great" instead of literally, "monuments".
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Post by: cabbagegirl28 on October 14, 2012, 09:35:48 PM
There's a firm that's involved a lot in public constructions around my town - Priestley Demolitions.

I know it's just a name, but I love to visualize them doing their job by blowing ram's horns instead of using wrecking balls.

No, they use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. One, two, FIVE! (Three, sir!) Three! :)

But the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is not designed for demolition purposes - it is intended only to blowest thine enemy into tiny bits, in thy mercy...

Thank you for making my night!
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Post by: jedikaiti on October 14, 2012, 10:17:36 PM
There is a building easily visible from the interstate that has its name in big letters. "SIX & GEVING".  I never read it right...


Also, there is a chain of tire and lube stores called Abra.  I want to open up a shop next to each one of their chains and name it Cadabra; it will be a body shop ;).

ETA: proper spelling.

Around here there is an Abra Auto Glass.
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Post by: Mental Magpie on October 15, 2012, 12:37:40 AM
There is a building easily visible from the interstate that has its name in big letters. "SIX & GEVING".  I never read it right...


Also, there is a chain of tire and lube stores called Abra.  I want to open up a shop next to each one of their chains and name it Cadabra; it will be a body shop ;).

ETA: proper spelling.

Around here there is an Abra Auto Glass.

That may actually be what it is; I couldn't exactly remember so I guessed  :-[
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Post by: Julia Mercer on October 28, 2012, 10:32:11 AM
I once stood outside a restaurant called "Gaylords". In London!!

Gaylord is an oldfashioned men's first name.  In London, that doesn't suprise me at all.

There is a town named Gaylord in Michigan.

There is also a chain of high priced resorts called Gaylord, as well as the arena (now named Bridgestone)in Nashville used to be called Gaylord.
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Post by: VorFemme on October 28, 2012, 11:39:15 AM
I can't remember where I first saw it, but there's a very handy four-point system for determining how good a barbecue restaurant is:

1 point: has a non-porcine logo
2 points: has a pig as the logo
3 points: the pig is anthropomorphic
4 points: the pig is smiling while preparing to cannibalistically chow down on some pork barbecue

The more points the restaurant has, the better  :P

The Naked Rib was pretty good - it was an anthromorphic pib trying to cover its ribs & hamhocks with its trotters & blushing.  At least a number 3.....

Someone bought the building, changed the name, and now there is no BBQ place in it......sadly, we only ate there about twice as it was halfway between my house and Lil Sis's.  I live just north of Sugar Land and she lives really close to the Johnson Space Center - it takes a bit over an hour to drive from one house to the other.......and we are both still in the Houston area.
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Post by: 25wishes on October 28, 2012, 02:25:39 PM
A few around here

Twin Rivers Urology

Half Hollow Dental Center
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Post by: crella on October 28, 2012, 04:06:19 PM
We have Gaylord's in Suma (near Kobe) and their Indian food is great!
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Post by: Specky on December 03, 2012, 09:29:26 AM
Vietnamese restaurant in the next town over:  Thang Long.
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Post by: Lynn2000 on December 06, 2012, 09:41:42 PM
I was traveling in the northern Midwest over the summer and there seems to be a chain of gas station convenience stores called something like... Kum & Go. I think, is it just me, or... ??
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Post by: Xandraea on December 07, 2012, 08:46:55 AM
On a visit to Japan, I saw in a major city a large all-glass building with these words emblazoned on the side:  "Made In ONLY."

I've no idea what type of business that was but it made me giggle and I took a photo, much like this one that I found online:  http://www.traveljournals.net/pictures/133460.html

To be fair, I've also heard that in Japan, English letters/words are often used as decoration, much as Japanese characters are so popular elsewhere as tattoos and tshirts. (I so wanted to buy some of the nonsensical tshirts I saw in Japan that seemed to be random English words put together in a decorative, eye-pleasing fashion).
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Post by: HermioneGranger on December 07, 2012, 09:47:56 AM
We have a D*i*c*k*'s Halfway Inn in my area.    >:D
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Post by: BabylonSister on December 16, 2012, 02:41:07 PM
I was traveling in the northern Midwest over the summer and there seems to be a chain of gas station convenience stores called something like... Kum & Go. I think, is it just me, or... ??


Yup.


http://www.kumandgo.com/
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Post by: jedikaiti on December 16, 2012, 02:49:27 PM
I was traveling in the northern Midwest over the summer and there seems to be a chain of gas station convenience stores called something like... Kum & Go. I think, is it just me, or... ??

Nope - long ago, my friends & I collected lighters from that chain for just that reason. I may have even posted about it early in this thread. :)
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Post by: Shopaholic on January 02, 2013, 11:38:49 PM
Oh dear deity, I just heard of a restaurant called "Zygote".
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Post by: catbug on April 07, 2013, 02:06:18 AM
One of the best fish and chip shops I have been to is near the St Lucia campus of University of Queensland. It's called "A Salt and Battery". Think it is the best business name I have ever heard.
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Post by: gramma dishes on April 07, 2013, 12:29:38 PM
A new Thai restaurant opened up in my neighborhood.

Thai-A-Royd. Yup, thyroid. It's actually getting decent reviews, so in spite of the name, I think I have[i/] to eat there.

Well, it could be worse.  Imagine the restaurant being owned by someone with the last name of Hemor ...
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Post by: starry diadem on April 22, 2013, 01:10:52 AM
To add to the list of 'cute' business names, there is (or was - it's a few years since. I drove past it)  a bakery in Coventry, in the UK, called  "The House of the Rising Bun"
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Post by: #borecore on April 22, 2013, 08:55:44 AM
We are visiting a place soon with a bar called The Poop Deck ... "where you will take my picture and proceed to post it all over the Internet," says my fiance. Indeed I will.

(Yes, we do know what a poop deck is.)
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on April 22, 2013, 09:10:42 AM
Quote
I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

If you had asked one of my cousins when he was little he would have said it tricks you.   My maternal grandmother was nicknamed Gigi and though she wasn't my cousins grandmother, he was very fond of her. 

Once when visiting with their family we said we were going to Chi-Chi's.  He heard "Gigi's" and burst into tears when we arrived and Gigi wasn't there.
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Post by: Mental Magpie on April 22, 2013, 09:30:21 AM
There is a dog groomer's near my house that is called Doggy Stylin'.
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Post by: bopper on May 17, 2013, 08:35:20 AM
of course check out:

http://www.engrish.com/category/buildings/
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Post by: mime on May 17, 2013, 11:54:17 AM
Someone already mentioned "Knobs and Knockers"-- we used to have a store by the same name where I live. It always made me smile.

Sometimes I drive by a butcher's shop called "Meat Market". It is straighforward enough, but that had a different meaning when I was in high school.

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Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 17, 2013, 12:17:42 PM
Inspired by 'The Meat Market':

I went to an agricultural university.  There was a dance bar on campus called 'The Bull Ring'.  Not really that unusual a name but...

The father of one of my friends also went to the same university 30 years earlier.  She mentioned that she'd been to 'The Bull Ring' over the weekend and dear old Dad reminisced about when they used to show cattle there.  She skipped a beat and then said, 'Well, they kind of still do, Dad.'
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Post by: Dawse on May 20, 2013, 04:52:37 AM
There's a sandwich shop quite near to where I live called 'Nice Baps'. Their sign has a cartoon of a lovely lady holding two very well endowed bread rolls.

Also, there's a company that makes commercial kitchen knives - they're very good quality apparently - but I'm always slightly put off by the fact they're called D!ck Knives.
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Post by: jedikaiti on May 20, 2013, 01:57:19 PM
The cafeteria at the University of Colorado at Boulder includes the Alferd Packer Memorial Grill with the slogan "Have a friend for lunch!" (named for a man who is believed to have committed cannibalism in the late 1800s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alferd_Packer)
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Post by: Thipu1 on May 20, 2013, 02:16:10 PM
The cafeteria at the University of Colorado at Boulder includes the Alferd Packer Memorial Grill with the slogan "Have a friend for lunch!" (named for a man who is believed to have committed cannibalism in the late 1800s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alferd_Packer)

I also hear that there's an (in)appropriately named picnic area off the Donner Pass.   :D
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Post by: jedikaiti on May 21, 2013, 12:46:50 AM
The cafeteria at the University of Colorado at Boulder includes the Alferd Packer Memorial Grill with the slogan "Have a friend for lunch!" (named for a man who is believed to have committed cannibalism in the late 1800s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alferd_Packer)

I also hear that there's an (in)appropriately named picnic area off the Donner Pass.   :D

Dish!
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Post by: Paper Roses on May 21, 2013, 12:56:04 AM
For very (thankfully) short time there was a place nearby - I know they sold some fat-free baked goods, probably coffee and drinks too.  Anyway, the name of the place was "Heeeyyyyy Fatty!"

Is it any wonder they didn't last?
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Post by: cwm on May 30, 2013, 02:57:16 PM
One business name that always threw me when I was younger was the phrase "solicitor". To me, growing up in the US, that was someone who solicited someone for something, usually s*x. When I finally realized that it was another term for a lawyer, it made much more sense.

We have a local car dealership with several makes, Mr. O'Neill. I always laugh because he has websites such as oneillhonda or oneillauto. I was apparently the first person in my family who realized that it could easily be saying One Ill Honda.

We also have a Quick Lube in town, as well as a few bars. There's The Other Place and JJ's Other Place, not in any way connected to each other.

There's a college town I've been to that has a bar called The Library. "Oh, yeah, mom, I was at The Library all night last night..."
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Post by: Dawse on June 05, 2013, 10:39:53 AM

There's a college town I've been to that has a bar called The Library. "Oh, yeah, mom, I was at The Library all night last night..."

There's a pub in Brighton called The Office! 'Oh, hey honey. Yeah, I'm still at The Office... probably going to be a late night...'
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on June 05, 2013, 02:13:29 PM

There's a college town I've been to that has a bar called The Library. "Oh, yeah, mom, I was at The Library all night last night..."

There's a pub in Brighton called The Office! 'Oh, hey honey. Yeah, I'm still at The Office... probably going to be a late night...'
When I worked in Redwood City, CA, I used to stop for a drink on my way to the train at a bar called "The Office."
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Post by: gramma dishes on June 05, 2013, 02:53:15 PM
In our college town it was "The Library".
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Post by: Thipu1 on June 09, 2013, 08:54:56 AM
Near the George Washington Bridge bus station, there used to be a place called the 'Terminal Luncheonette'. 

At the Brooklyn Pride parade last night, there was an organization with the laudable aim of promoting safe sex practices.  They do excellent work but they have an unfortunate name, 'Condom Nation'. 
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Post by: dawnfire on June 09, 2013, 06:28:19 PM

There's a college town I've been to that has a bar called The Library. "Oh, yeah, mom, I was at The Library all night last night..."

There's a pub in Brighton called The Office! 'Oh, hey honey. Yeah, I'm still at The Office... probably going to be a late night...'

there's a bar here in Melbourne called someplace else.
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Post by: mom2four on June 11, 2013, 03:06:06 AM
In Denmark we have a big travel company called Spies (pronounced spees). I never thought it funny untill I took my American family to the airport and they saw what they thought was a special check in counter for spies.
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Post by: VorFemme on June 11, 2013, 10:03:41 PM
Not so much inappropriate as a cultural mismatch - "Shangri La Japanese Grill".

Named for a fictional monastery in Tibet..........
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Post by: gramma dishes on June 12, 2013, 09:17:19 AM
In Denmark we have a big travel company called Spies (pronounced spees). I never thought it funny untill I took my American family to the airport and they saw what they thought was a special check in counter for spies.

I'm sure I'd have thought the same thing.  But I would have also thought "What the heck kind of spies would advertise that this is their line and let their faces show like this?"    ???   ;D
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Post by: Pen^2 on June 12, 2013, 09:53:50 AM
Maybe more brand names than business names, but I'll bite.

In our basement, just past where Smaug (the furnace) sleeps, is a fire extinguisher imported from a far-off foreign land. It is labelled clearly and in large letters: "FIRE KILL". Never has pidgin English been so efficient.

DH buys the kind of cheese that is pre-sliced, with each slice wrapped in plastic, so as to infuse the delicate flesh of the cheese with the subtle flavour of plastic. The brand is "Head Cheese", meaning, one can only presume, 'top cheese', 'boss of the cheeses', etc. rather than 'putrefied and pureed brain'.