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Comments on "Those dreadful shop names"
Curl Up & Dye, thats clever! We have the saying here in Canada too. Used when embarassed or perhaps when utterly heartbroken!
Brilliant, where did you take that particularly bad one?I could post thousands of stupid shop fronts, either because of shop name or idiotic advertisement in the window or whatever but if we were to do that we wouldn't do a Daily London Photo but a Daily Stupid Shop Front Photo.
Oh, I quite enjoy the dry British humor and their propensity for funny pub names! The Slug and Lettuce and The Dew Drop Inn come to mind...
well...i am not from English world,but I am really so curious about the culture from there.interesting thing for me.jing
It is so funny.
No worries, it's not just happening in the UK. In Germany there are too many examples of wannabe-funny shop names around, too.Hope that makes you feel better ;)
This is true for Switzerland as well. Sometimes it takes you a while to work out what they are trying to convey. We had a bakery called "Back shop" once: Back as in "backen" (to bake). One of those cases where to much language knowledge can hamper the comprehension.
I read in FHM years ago that there was a barber shop in Spain called 'Fucking Prick', but it closed down pretty quick. I so hope it's true...
My favourite name is of a pub in London is "The Hung Drawn and Quartered".i think other countries have strange names but I think that the Brits are the leaders especailly when it comes to naming places and villages.
When I lived on the East End (in Stratford) we lived above a hair shop that was called "The Hair Nest" :-) Down the raod from my house is a Chinese food placed called "Wok Right In"....
Planet of the Grapes on New Oxford Street never fails to make me cringe.
I don't know of anything here in Albuquerque that has such a clever name! Curl Up and Dye. I think that's an awesome name!
I once knew of an old fashioned sweet shop called 'Gobble'. I mean, i ask you.On the contrary, yesterday i went into a village pub which was called 'The Village Pub'. How refreshing it was too. Liz Hurley's local - yes i was out papping, or trying to at least.
Sounds like this touched a chord with people :-) Actually, I think there is a special corner of hell reserved for those who think up faux names for pubs - slug and lettuce? I ask you. As it happens, the "Hung Drawn & Quartered" is just along from the Tower of London, so has some reason to it.
'The Ham and London' sounds good to me,
There was a classic on the Isle of Wight - 'House Of Pine' Furniture Store.
There was a hairdressers near me called 'It Will Grow Back' - always made me smile though didn't inspire confidence in their skills!
I once saw a shop in France called Mille et un Chaussures - who was the extra one for?
I love London signage - it's so funny. Here in Canada the signage is so BLAH.