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The Naming of things ...

Postby suffolk » September 16th, 2017, 11:24 am

I've often been puzzled by the names chosen by some manufacturers for their products ... some of them seem really inappropriate and convey little or nothing about the product.

For example, while driving to and from the West Country we noticed several caravans on the road displaying the name 'Pastiche' ... what image do you think that was trying to portray? :?

Are there other product names that leave you totally bemused?
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby scullion » September 16th, 2017, 11:29 am

'cillit bang' always confuses me.
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Postby Pepper Pig » September 16th, 2017, 11:42 am

My car is a Skoda Yeti. Yeti? Abominable??
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Ratatouille » September 16th, 2017, 12:01 pm

A few years ago I bought some crisp bread thingies called Nora Nackers,

Why is the car we currently drive called a Cactus ?
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Postby Busybee » September 16th, 2017, 12:12 pm

Because it has sticky out spikes on it - just like a cactus.

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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Ratatouille » September 16th, 2017, 12:28 pm

On the contarary r R says he was told it was because they have so much built-in protection. Actually it is the first car we have had here that hasn't had a bash or a sratch on the sides or rear. The name still is not obviously to me :lol:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby StokeySue » September 16th, 2017, 12:31 pm

Sometimes names lose something in translation, as a child I really liked the French soft drinks called Psscht! (sp) because it sounded so silly in English; also PamPam the French answer to Britvic juices (there's a daft name when you think about it; apparently it was started by a chemist and it was originally British Vitamin Products, as the juices are a source of vitamins)

And apparently a lot of the short, odd, names are defined to be internationally inoffensive (such as Kodak, the daddy of all of these)

Cif is one that's a bit silly really, originally I think Jif in English as it does the clean up in a jiffy (so far so sane) but not apparently OK in all languages, so it morphed into Cif
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Ratatouille » September 16th, 2017, 12:42 pm

StokeySue wrote:Sometimes names lose something in translation, as a child I really liked the French soft drinks called Psscht! (sp) because it sounded so silly in English; also PamPam the French answer to Britvic juices (there's a daft name when you think about it; apparently it was started by a chemist and it was originally British Vitamin Products, as the juices are a source of vitamins)

And apparently a lot of the short, odd, names are defined to be internationally inoffensive (such as Kodak, the daddy of all of these)

Cif is one that's a bit silly really, originally I think Jif in English as it does the clean up in a jiffy (so far so sane) but not apparently OK in all languages, so it morphed
into Cif


They sure do Sue. There used to be a toilet cleaner here called "Nuclear"

We had a Citroen Evasion for several years but in France the same vehicle was a Synergie.
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby WWordsworth » September 16th, 2017, 1:12 pm

My pals have a place in Spain where one can apparently buy bread called Bimbo and ground coffee called Bonka.
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby aero280 » September 16th, 2017, 7:25 pm

Spain used to sell, and may still do, some potato crisps called "Bum!!"
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby aero280 » September 16th, 2017, 7:31 pm

There were also some odd attempts by the Japanese in their earlier imported cars. There was a large saloon called "Cedric".

The current Mazda van is a "Bongo" with a special edition called the "Bongo Friendee". And an old small Nissan van that came with standard refrigeration for the rear storage called "Pantry Boy Supreme".
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby smitch » September 16th, 2017, 7:45 pm

aero280 wrote:There were also some odd attempts by the Japanese in their earlier imported cars. There was a large saloon called "Cedric".

The current Mazda van is a "Bongo" with a special edition called the "Bongo Friendee". And an old small Nissan van that came with standard refrigeration for the rear storage called "Pantry Boy Supreme".


We love Bongo Friendees! Not sure why though but we get excited when we see one! :lol:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby cyprusmoira » September 17th, 2017, 6:05 am

I remember that the late lamented Japanese Centre at Colindale used to sell a soft drink called Pokari Sweat.
There are some strange names here where people have tried to be trendy, there were the Jurassic Dry Cleaners, they are now the Palomino Dry Cleaners. A couple of weeks ago the Gorilla Fight Club opened its new gym over on the main road.

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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Luca » September 17th, 2017, 10:23 am

I don't know if it still exists, but as a child on holiday in France I used to love ordering Pschitt. It was lemonade. :cocktail:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Herbidacious » September 17th, 2017, 3:12 pm

I have taken photos of Bonka and Bimbo while on holiday :)

My favourite brand of knickers, that I buy in France, is called Dim. They also do tights...

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And I appreciated this last time I was in Paris

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But back to British ones, Oil of Ulay. What was that about? Olay no less odd.

Anyone remember Ayds slimming products? :shock:

I am afraid the Cock soup packets they sell in the local Turkish supermarket has been known to raise a titter...
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Ratatouille » September 17th, 2017, 4:26 pm

The male underwear that makes me giggle most in France is this one. (Don't look if you are of an over sensitive nature)
https://www.amazon.fr/Eminence-108-X-La ... s=eminence
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby suffolk » September 17th, 2017, 4:45 pm

There would appear to be more to a Mariner ;) :lol:
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Postby Luca » September 17th, 2017, 4:53 pm

That's lightened up my Sunday. Working from home unfortunately but now work computer is off. The only thing that worries me about Emminence is that returns are free.... Surely not. ;) :lol:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Herbidacious » September 17th, 2017, 9:01 pm

suffolk wrote:There would appear to be more to a Mariner ;) :lol:


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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby scullion » September 18th, 2017, 10:18 am

Herbidacious wrote:I have taken photos of Bonka and Bimbo while on holiday


i framed the (empty) packet of bonka and hung it on the wall!

'plopsies' - the french version of chocolate rice crispies doesn't appeal.
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Pepper Pig » September 18th, 2017, 10:35 am

Having just been round IKEA Billy is a stupid name for a bookcase. :lol:
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Postby PatsyMFagan » September 18th, 2017, 11:47 am

Ratatouille wrote:The male underwear that makes me giggle most in France is this one. (Don't look if you are of an over sensitive nature)
https://www.amazon.fr/Eminence-108-X-La ... s=eminence


He does nothing for me Rats .. I want a man to have more muscle ;) :lol:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Ratatouille » September 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm

scullion wrote:
'plopsies' - the french version of chocolate rice crispies doesn't appeal.


There used to be another one called Krapsie fruits.
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby StokeySue » September 18th, 2017, 12:03 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:Having just been round IKEA Billy is a stupid name for a bookcase. :lol:

At least it's memorable and pronounceable, some of their stuff is just ludicrous

I have a chest of drawers - boj - pronounced boy

And I'm considering some FÄRGRIK bowls if they ever come back in stock; I may have to settle for OFANTLIGT :rolleyes:
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby StokeySue » September 18th, 2017, 1:13 pm

Radcliffe and Maconie are discussing words that apply to things you never knew had a special name, starting with aglet, the little tube on the end of a shoelace

Also sprue which has several meanings but one of them is that it is the name for the little tree of plastic that all the bits of an Airfix model are attached to.
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby suffolk » September 18th, 2017, 1:35 pm

StokeySue wrote:Also sprue which has several meanings but one of them is that it is the name for the little tree of plastic that all the bits of an Airfix model are attached to.


Somehow I knew that one ... I used to help Pa make Airfix WW2 aeroplanes - he had hands like shovels and as a child I could help with the fiddly bits and the decals :D
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Postby Herbidacious » September 18th, 2017, 1:37 pm

I remember a time, when we'd just got our first place, when we knew all the Ikea names... and friends would come round and say, "Ah I see you have a Liatorp, and have upgraded your Hemnes with decorative knobs..."
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby StokeySue » September 18th, 2017, 2:40 pm

smitch wrote:There is a convention behind Ikea names: http://www.businessinsider.com/meaning-of-ikea-product-names-2013-11?IR=T


Yes, but it doesn't help people who don't speak Swedish, Not very international friendly IMHO.

Unfortunately, this system is so complex and has so many exceptions that even Swedes may be mystified — though they will find it easier to understand the humor in many names.
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Postby smitch » September 18th, 2017, 2:43 pm

I didn't say I agreed with it :lol: I find their names ridiculous, although they can be quite amusing. My OH likes to make jokes and songs about the names as we go round Ikea, so we rarely visit as I can't deal with him :rolleyes: :lol:
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Postby StokeySue » September 18th, 2017, 2:47 pm

:D :lol:
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Postby earthmaiden » September 18th, 2017, 3:55 pm

[quote="StokeySue"]Yes, but it doesn't help people who don't speak Swedish, Not very international friendly IMHO. [quote]
That's the thing, they don't want to be, even their adverts take the mickey out of the countries they appear in - and they get away with it :evil:
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Postby Zosherooney » September 18th, 2017, 4:46 pm

I have to drag Mr. Z kicking and screaming into IKEA if I need any of their stuff. I would much rather choose myself but he wants to give input..... It is not a pleasant experience. I have tried to do it online but it does not work.

Tablet have to be taken the day before a visit !!!!!
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby Meganthemog » September 18th, 2017, 5:10 pm

When Virgin produced condoms they called them Jiffy - brought a whole new meaning to 'I'll be back in a Jiffy'! :lol:
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Postby smitch » September 18th, 2017, 5:40 pm

There is some Swedish confectionary called 'plopp' which I'm tempted to try but haven't :lol:
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Postby karadekoolaid » September 18th, 2017, 7:15 pm

I rarely use stock cubes - but I think I would avoid this local version at all costs :sprout:
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Postby scullion » September 18th, 2017, 10:22 pm

StokeySue wrote:Radcliffe and Maconie are discussing words that apply to things you never knew had a special name, starting with aglet, the little tube on the end of a shoelace

Also sprue which has several meanings but one of them is that it is the name for the little tree of plastic that all the bits of an Airfix model are attached to.


i knew both of those.
aglets are the decorative ends on lacings on (historical) clothing, too.
i have made sprues for castings. they allow for the glass/metal etc to get into a mould and for the air to be forced out to the surface - dried spaghetti makes quite good sprues (for the air venting bit).
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Postby StokeySue » September 18th, 2017, 11:23 pm

I was of course more familiar with sprue as weeny weedy asparagus or extreme enteritis :oops:
Ea h to their own vocabulary :lol:
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Postby cyprusmoira » September 19th, 2017, 5:04 am

StokeySue wrote:I was of course more familiar with sprue as weeny weedy asparagus or extreme enteritis

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Postby Herbidacious » September 21st, 2017, 7:24 pm

Meganthemog wrote:When Virgin produced condoms they called them Jiffy - brought a whole new meaning to 'I'll be back in a Jiffy'! :lol:


I used to be so embarrassed when I had to sell them when I worked in Virgin. Not often, as most people didn't go into the Classical department for these. I was young and well, um the name of the shop applied :oops:

I always have an inner juvenile smirk at the names of some of the products behind the counter at my local old fashioned chemist's. You know, the ones whose names make no bones about what they are for. Anusol and the like.

There are quite a few funny Scandinavian sweet names.
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Postby earthmaiden » September 21st, 2017, 9:17 pm

There is an advert on TV for something called Schpock. Every time it comes on I am doing something else and not looking at the screen - the way it is pronounced comes across as a word not normally used on TV and I never fail to look up in surprise.

I have just looked it up, it is either a site for selling unwanted goods or something to do with eyes. I thought it was shoes .... the advert clearly doesn't work for me :lol: .
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Re: The Naming of things ...

Postby StokeySue » September 21st, 2017, 11:04 pm

The Schpock ads are nauseating
It's basically an online car boot sale, one item at a time
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Postby scullion » September 21st, 2017, 11:16 pm

StokeySue wrote:I was of course more familiar with sprue as [ ] extreme enteritis

yeah, and that!
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