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  1. #1 Unintentionally funny product names 
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    In today's multinational markets, we see a lot of products manufactured in one country sold in another. Some of the people who make these products seem rather clueless about the culture where they are selling their products, and they give them names that sound fine at home but rather odd where they are being sold. I invite readers to post examples of products with unintentionally funny, wierd, or even outright disgusting names due to this syndrome.

    Full disclosure: my notion for starting this thread came from a comment by Flick Montana in a different thread:

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    I heard on a rather famous car show that the Ford Focus ST is a bit of a laugh for Brits as ST stands for a feminine hygiene product. Amazing how much is lost in translation between two languages that don't need to be translated.


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    I have long wondered about the Korean car brand KIA. In the U.S., at least in the military family I grew up in, KIA is understood to be an acronym meaning "killed in action". A rather sad name to be giving a car. The letters KIA always seem to be capitalized, too, which makes the unfortunate acronym all the more obvious.


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    A Japanese-built pick-up was for several years labeled "TRD". (turd?).

    Volkswagen has several models whose names contain 3 vowels in succession; I cannot say the name, much less write it!

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    In the news:
    Coca-Cola Apologizes for Offensive Bottle Cap - ABC News
    Parden my Frnech, indeed.

    Speaking of coca cola and more on topic...
    The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, "ko-kou-ko-le," which can be loosely translated as "happiness in the mouth."
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    Fanny is an extremely dangerous word. I remember as a teenager reading some advice in an American magazine. I was horrified to read that the best way for couples to show their children what a happy, sexually active adult life was like was for them to see that the wife was pleased when her husband patted her on. her. fanny!!!

    For those who don't know, in Australia the fanny is not the back bottom, it's the front bottom. (An expression I'd never heard until my 40s.)
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    I guess Coolpis might have been inspired by the classic Japanese drink Calpis. (It may even be the same thing rebranded for the Korean market; I don't know.)
    Also available in kimchee flavour: Japanese Soft Drinks

    And there is another refreshing canned drink in Japan called Pocari Sweat: Review of Pocari Sweat | My Daily Blog
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    The Chevy Nova sold poorly in spanish speaking countries, because "no va" means "doesn't go".
    Fixin' shit that ain't broke.
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    The first time I went to France a popular soft drink was the onomatopoeically-named Pschitt.
    We Brit schoolkids found it somewhat amusing.

    Shortly after the Ford Ka was introduced there was, apparently, a proposal to release an uprated sports model with fuel injection.
    It was pointed out that Ka SI would not be an acceptable name in the UK.
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    There is the Ka2 or kaka.

    Another Korean motor manufacturer that doesn't seem to have made an appearance in the west is Dong-A Motors. Maybe they are using a different name.
    Edit: apparently they are [part of?] SsangYong.
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    The Toyota MR-2 sounds funny to the French.

    When the letters and numbers are said out loud in French, "Emm Err Deux" sounds like "Merde".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    The Toyota MR-2 sounds funny to the French.
    "Mister Two" has always sounded a little odd to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Fanny is an extremely dangerous word. I remember as a teenager reading some advice in an American magazine. I was horrified to read that the best way for couples to show their children what a happy, sexually active adult life was like was for them to see that the wife was pleased when her husband patted her on. her. fanny!!!

    For those who don't know, in Australia the fanny is not the back bottom, it's the front bottom. (An expression I'd never heard until my 40s.)
    I remember an interview with Steve Irwin back in the day. The person asked him about the pack he was wearing which, here in the States, is called a fanny pack. He blushed pretty hard and said, "We don't call it that, mate."
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Fanny is an extremely dangerous word. I remember as a teenager reading some advice in an American magazine. I was horrified to read that the best way for couples to show their children what a happy, sexually active adult life was like was for them to see that the wife was pleased when her husband patted her on. her. fanny!!!

    For those who don't know, in Australia the fanny is not the back bottom, it's the front bottom. (An expression I'd never heard until my 40s.)
    Getting down then to the nitty-gritty, what exactly is wrong with patting the "fanny", regardless of it's presumed location? jocular
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    When I worked for Penn Athletic Products Co. in the late '70s, the parent company decided to market a highly-touted "electrolyte balancer" drink here in America, the elixir being made, I believe, in Sweden. It's name was "Pripps-Plus". It seemed to last perhaps a year, and then was gone.

    We called it "Piss-Plus"! joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    The Chevy Nova sold poorly in spanish speaking countries, because "no va" means "doesn't go".
    I had heard that as well, and believed it for years. And then a Chilean colleague told me that it wasn't so (well, the "no go" part is correct, but the Chevy part isn't). See, e.g., The Legend of the Chevy Nova That Wouldn't Go
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    Getting down then to the nitty-gritty, what exactly is wrong with patting the "fanny", regardless of it's presumed location? jocular
    In front of the children?

    I'm a great fan of the notion that you never do anything in front of your children that you wouldn't do in front of your parents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Getting down then to the nitty-gritty, what exactly is wrong with patting the "fanny", regardless of it's presumed location? jocular
    In front of the children?

    I'm a great fan of the notion that you never do anything in front of your children that you wouldn't do in front of your parents.
    Well.....if parents are nudists, and kids grew up accordingly, idea is the "bad" aspects of sex are dispelled. But I wonder about nowaday's P.C. climate, wherein authorities contend that nude parents are subjecting their children to "illegal activity", (I'm surmising", and the kids lose their home, wind up in foster-care (likely molested there as not), their parents receive jail terms, .......well, I just don't know.......joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Best name-associative product I've seen! joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk421 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    The Chevy Nova sold poorly in spanish speaking countries, because "no va" means "doesn't go".
    I had heard that as well, and believed it for years. And then a Chilean colleague told me that it wasn't so (well, the "no go" part is correct, but the Chevy part isn't). See, e.g., The Legend of the Chevy Nova That Wouldn't Go
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    Working in the grocery store, I not uncommonly am asked where do we keep 'the cock sauce'.

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    I have never quite gotten my head around 'Billy Bee' honey sold in a Teddy Bear container...

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    Well.....if parents are nudists, and kids grew up accordingly, idea is the "bad" aspects of sex are dispelled.
    Well, we were never nudists, but we never worried about being seen in transit from bathroom to bedroom either. It's one thing to be unselfconscious about your body, what sort of behaviour you display whether you're dressed or naked is another matter entirely.

    Lots of affection is a very good thing for everyone. Private, intimate stuff stays that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I have never quite gotten my head around 'Billy Bee' honey sold in a Teddy Bear container...

    *laughing*
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Well.....if parents are nudists, and kids grew up accordingly, idea is the "bad" aspects of sex are dispelled.
    Well, we were never nudists, but we never worried about being seen in transit from bathroom to bedroom either. It's one thing to be unselfconscious about your body, what sort of behaviour you display whether you're dressed or naked is another matter entirely.

    Lots of affection is a very good thing for everyone. Private, intimate stuff stays that way.
    Wasn't an issue, ever, and never made it into one....if they saw us naked, was not a big deal for them or us.
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