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Unfortunate foreign food names or brands

grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:19 PM

I remember trying Calpis drink from a Japanese vending machine, and saying to myself, "this will never translate well in America". You can also get "Hot Calpis".

Do you know any non-English food names that sound awful in English, or vice versa?

I was a linguist once. Very interested in this subject in this global age.

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  1. spades RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:28 PM

    In Poland, for a brief time they sold a drink called Fart.

    Roughly translated to English, it means "luck".

    When I was back there this summer I looked for it, but no such fart.

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      grocerytrekker RE: spades Dec 29, 2006 10:34 PM

      still laughing

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        BuggySer RE: spades Jan 18, 2007 06:11 PM

        hilarious...can't stop giggling.

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          marmite RE: spades Jan 26, 2007 09:40 AM

          I have some Polish Fart! It's awesome. :p

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            I_Heart_Penguins RE: spades Feb 5, 2007 09:03 AM

            Aberdeen Nips
            Beef Cecils
            Black Pudding
            Bubble and Squeak
            Cullen Skink
            Dean's Cream
            Fitless Cock
            Girdle Sponges
            Hob Nobs
            Hunter's Buns
            Love in Disguise
            Inky Pinky
            Knickerbocker Glory
            Priddy Oggies
            Singing Hinnies
            Spotted Dick
            Wet Nelly

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              doogette RE: I_Heart_Penguins Feb 9, 2007 02:27 PM

              I used to work on a support team that always tried to cajole the UK consultants to bring us Hob-Nobs when they came through the main office. The name may be un fortunate but, heavens they're tastey.

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                lagatta RE: I_Heart_Penguins Aug 9, 2009 01:06 PM

                Huh? Those aren't "non-English".

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                  Rojellio RE: I_Heart_Penguins Feb 28, 2010 01:48 PM

                  I think the English kinda prefer food names that are naughty. Spotted Pudding, is called "Spotted Dick" for the very same reason Mr. Barsted's Machinist File is called by another name.

                  The Hienz Spotted Dick in a can is simply dreadful. It tastes like Twinkie with currants, and no cream filling. Spotted Dick is simply a Suet based pie crust, with some currants, odd bits of dried fruit and boiled or steamed. Like anything made with Beef Suet, is absolutely brilliant. In Scotland practically the same thing is called "Clootey Dumpling" , named after the clout or cloth it is wrapped in.

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                    Michelly RE: I_Heart_Penguins Apr 16, 2010 04:54 PM

                    OK...what is "Fitless Cock'?

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                  cookiemonster81 RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:35 PM

                  When I was a 16 year old going to Hungary as an exchange student, I remember trying to explain the concept of Oreo cookies to my 12-year-old host sister, who had only a rudimentary command of spoken English. I must have used the word "cookie" about a dozen times, and she kept giggling. I though she was just nervous.

                  It turns out that "kuki" in Hungarian - pronounced the same as "cookie" - is slang for penis.

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                    spades RE: cookiemonster81 Dec 29, 2006 10:37 PM

                    ...thus making your CH nickname quite intimidating.

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                      prunefeet RE: spades Jan 2, 2007 05:31 PM


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                        mojoman RE: spades Jan 25, 2007 02:17 AM

                        Now that's funny.

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                          Cinnamon RE: mojoman Aug 9, 2009 11:23 AM

                          It is still funny almost three years later!

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                            haggisdragon RE: Cinnamon Aug 10, 2009 04:14 AM


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                              pikawicca RE: haggisdragon Mar 30, 2010 05:03 PM

                              It's still funny in 2010!

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                                vorpal RE: pikawicca Apr 7, 2010 01:04 PM

                                I LOLed :D.

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                        grocerytrekker RE: cookiemonster81 Dec 29, 2006 10:46 PM

                        I've heard a similar story involving a Korean exchange student in Poland at a house with a kindly grandfather. It has nothing to do with food, so I won't mention the word. Well, let's just say he could never address him.

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                          jennywinker RE: cookiemonster81 Feb 8, 2007 07:03 AM

                          When I taught English in Japan, the topic of peanut butter would always eventually come up. To start, it's an odd food concept for Japanese (actually, most of the world, I guess), but it's also a tough lesson in pronunciation, as my students usually came out with "penis butter."

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                          RicRios RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:36 PM

                          Quite a few in the link below:


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                            spades RE: RicRios Dec 29, 2006 10:42 PM

                            They have Fart on there! Good stuff.

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                              grocerytrekker RE: RicRios Dec 29, 2006 10:57 PM

                              Most of these seem intentional. I think the best ones have to be unintentional, and those are what I look for.

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                                Woodside Al RE: grocerytrekker Jan 2, 2007 06:43 PM

                                I think these are quite real, and the English is wholly unintentional.

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                                nrxchef RE: RicRios Jan 8, 2007 11:52 PM

                                Jussipussi!!!! Oh My God!!!!

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                                podz RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:52 PM

                                There have been some controversial candy names and packages in Finland. The names have been recently changed, but they were in existence for tens of years.


                                Of course, they were sold in the K supermarket chain:


                                The number of K's in the store's designation indicates it's size, with 1 K being a convenience store and 4 K being a large supermarket. There are a fair number of KKK stores in existence.

                                Also, in Finland "pussi" means "bag", so it's common to see big bags of chips for sale with the designation of "megapussi" - huge bag.


                                Finally, some funny food name pics (fart drink is even included):


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                                  Lobstah RE: podz Jan 3, 2007 03:34 AM

                                  I am so glad that someone else saw the humor in the Finnish grocery stores, I was there for business a few years ago and sniggered my way through the store, I was sure they had me on camera and were going to get the butterfly net!

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                                  RicRios RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 10:52 PM

                                  But hey!, let's face it, food manufacturers are a lot more cultured types, linguistically speaking, than car manufacturers. I'm still laughing about the Mitsubishi PAJERO...

                                  "Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has a sport utility named Mitsubishi Pajero. The original intention was to call the car after a South American wildcat, but the company's failure to check other uses of the word caused many chuckles. In the Americas and in Spain, the vehicle was rebadged as the Montero. (It has since been replaced in North America by the Mitsubishi Endeavor.)"


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                                    sundevilpeg RE: RicRios Dec 31, 2006 06:37 AM

                                    Can't find "pajero" on the wikipedia entry. A clue, perhaps?

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                                      grocerytrekker RE: sundevilpeg Dec 31, 2006 07:04 AM

                                      Apparently, "hacerse una paja" is "to do oneself a straw/pipe"
                                      Hence, "wanker"

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                                        RicRios RE: sundevilpeg Dec 31, 2006 11:04 AM

                                        In the wikipedia link above:

                                        Paja directly translates to English as "straw", used in farms for cattle and other animals to lie on. In South America and Panama hacerse la paja (correrse la paja, in Chile and Peru) means to masturbate. In most parts of Central America to masturbate is to pajearse. In South America and Spain is more often used as hacerse una paja. Pajero, or Pajillero in Spain, is a masturbator (wanker) and also can imply a weakling or a fool, due to cultural beliefs that masturbation created mental weakness. In certain countries, such as Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, Pajero (fem. Pajera) can also mean lazy person, and in Guatemala it means liar, "Vos sos bien pajero = you're such a liar". In Venezuela and El Salvador, hablar paja can mean either to talk nonsense "tú solo hablas paja = you're just talking nonsense" or small talk "estuve hablando paja con un amigo = I was talking small talk with a friend".

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                                          sundevilpeg RE: RicRios Dec 31, 2006 11:14 PM

                                          Heh heh heh. Thanks, fellas! That is indeed world-class dumb! :o)

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                                        porker RE: RicRios Apr 16, 2010 06:50 PM

                                        OK, a 3 year old post, but...
                                        In the '70s, Chevrolet took awhile to figure out why their Nova car sales "didn't move" very much in latin America...

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                                          RicRios RE: porker Apr 16, 2010 08:02 PM

                                          You got me on that one.
                                          And the reason is?

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                                            porker RE: RicRios Apr 16, 2010 09:23 PM

                                            No va en espagnol - "it doesn't go"

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                                            Tom O RE: porker Apr 18, 2010 05:03 PM

                                            More recently, the Honda 'Fitta' was changed to Fit; the former name is the Swedish version of the, uh, 'C' word.

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                                              porker RE: Tom O Apr 19, 2010 07:10 AM

                                              HA! I can picture Swedish yuppies just dying to get into THAT car.

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                                              buttermarblepopcorn RE: porker May 12, 2010 06:49 PM

                                              Re: Chevy Nova not selling well in Latin America: That's a myth.


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                                                porker RE: buttermarblepopcorn May 13, 2010 04:43 AM

                                                But I'll still tell that story whenever I can {:/)

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                                                  Paulustrious RE: porker May 13, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                  And the Rolls Royce Silver Mist in Germany?

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                                                    porker RE: Paulustrious May 14, 2010 04:49 AM

                                                    I plead ignorance...can you explain that one? Tnx.

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                                                      jumpingmonk RE: porker May 14, 2010 05:21 AM

                                                      "Mist" is a German explitive, it think it one of the many words for the "s" word

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                                                        porker RE: jumpingmonk May 14, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                        Ahhhh, thats why I seldom see German tourists on Niagara Fall's
                                                        "Maid of the Mist"!
                                                        - Thanks.

                                          3. grocerytrekker RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 11:09 PM

                                            Mango can sound funny in Japanese.

                                            from jardMail I found
                                            Cheap Creamy Powder - Japanese coffee creamer
                                            Libido - Chinese soda
                                            Cat Wetty - Japanese moistened hand towels
                                            I'm Dripper - Japanese instant coffee
                                            Swine - Chinese chocolates
                                            Shocking - Japanese chewing gum

                                            (Let's hope to find more non-English word examples!)

                                            1. operagirl RE: grocerytrekker Dec 29, 2006 11:25 PM

                                              I was in Brazil last winter, and I had the pleasure of drinking Flesh soda from one of the minibars. I think they were referring to orange pulp, as it was citrus-flavored . . .

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                                                grocerytrekker RE: operagirl Dec 29, 2006 11:36 PM

                                                Have you noticed Hunan restaurants like misspelling Hunan?

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                                                  prunefeet RE: grocerytrekker Jan 2, 2007 05:33 PM

                                                  I've seen it spelled "human" several times.

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                                                    Pei RE: prunefeet Jan 2, 2007 07:57 PM

                                                    I think a lot of that kind of thing can be blamed on automatic spellcheck. You're typing a menu, and it automatically changes it to human.

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                                                      prunefeet RE: Pei Jan 3, 2007 01:28 PM

                                                      You could be right! I hate automatic spellcheck for that reason.

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                                                        rockycat RE: Pei Jan 3, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                        Last week I left a recipe for "Hunan Lamb Chops" laying on my kitchen counter. My neighbor swears she saw it as "Human" lamb chops. Darn! Now my secret's out!

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                                                  piccola RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 12:13 AM

                                                  i always wondered how the japanese came up with "pocari sweat"

                                                  1. grocerytrekker RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 12:32 AM

                                                    From Life's Bloopers site, I found

                                                    Homo Sausage beef jerky (Japan)
                                                    Fockink liqueur (Netherlands)
                                                    Mucos soft drink (Japan)
                                                    Pipi orangeade (Yugoslovia)
                                                    Pshitt soft drink (France)
                                                    Shitto hot spiced pepper sauce (Ghana)
                                                    Zit lemon-lime soft drink (Greece)

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                                                      fara RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 01:08 AM

                                                      not food, but food related - we started hanging out w/ a Japanese guy and I continually said "chin chin" which is cheers in Italian. come to find out on CH that it refers to genitalia in japanese. he never said a word.

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                                                        grocerytrekker RE: fara Dec 30, 2006 03:48 AM

                                                        Chinpoko means the same thing - and a friend whose Italian name is very similar to it had a real hard time in Japan because no one believed it was his name. I wish I could name him, but it wouldn't be funny - to him.

                                                      2. wyf4lyf RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 01:14 AM

                                                        Let's not forget the British faggot...which is a meatball.

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                                                          JMF RE: wyf4lyf Dec 30, 2006 01:31 PM

                                                          I never heard of faggot meaning a meatball. Just a cigarette or fire tinder.

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                                                            wyf4lyf RE: JMF Dec 30, 2006 05:41 PM

                                                            I believe that "fag" is the term for cigarette. "Faggot" is the meatball. :) Here's a link that will tell you m ore than you want to know, I'm sure:


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                                                              AmandaEd RE: wyf4lyf Jan 18, 2007 06:23 PM

                                                              Not to leave out the British dessert: the spotted dick.

                                                            2. re: JMF
                                                              hillsbilly RE: JMF May 14, 2010 02:23 AM

                                                              I love faggots and mash!

                                                          2. tachis RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 01:32 AM

                                                            Years ago, our office had a group of South African educators visiting for a week of meetings. Whenever refreshments were brought in, they'd snicker quietly amongst themselves pointing to the bottled water. Eventually, they explained to us that "Naya" (pronounced "nigh-ya")--the brand of water the caterers brought us--sounded a lot like "F*** her" in Afrikaans. A few actually took bottles back home to show friends.

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                                                              jlawrence01 RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 02:40 AM

                                                              How about the Mexican bread/pastry producer - BIMBO Bread?

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                                                                Anne H RE: jlawrence01 Jan 2, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                                Their trucks deliver all over Chicago, and I laugh every time I see one.

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                                                                meatpieking RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 02:42 AM

                                                                Saw a beverage caled SARS. THis was right in the middle of the Sars problem a few years back

                                                                1. SauceSupreme RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 06:48 AM

                                                                  After filling myself on a bowl of ramen at Santouka, I like to peruse the adjoining Japanese supermarket for examples of Engrish.

                                                                  Pocari sweat is actually kind of good. Kind of like Fresca without the carbonation.

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                                                                    nrxchef RE: SauceSupreme Jan 8, 2007 11:56 PM

                                                                    I've often noticed that Gatorade tastes like sweat. Maybe pocari is a persons who prodces the drink?

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                                                                      calla0413 RE: nrxchef Jan 30, 2007 08:40 AM

                                                                      You are much more adventurous than I am. I would never drink sweat! I do draw the line at some things. LMAO

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                                                                        therealdoctorlew RE: nrxchef Aug 9, 2009 10:30 AM

                                                                        Gatorade was originated to replace the sweat of football players practicing in the Florida heat. The first recipe had to be reflavored, as it tasted like what it was.

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                                                                          JMF RE: therealdoctorlew Apr 4, 2010 12:04 PM

                                                                          There's an Aussie sport drink product called Gookinaide, named after Dr. Gookin. The chemical make-up is exactly the same as sweat, then a bit of lemonade flavor is added. It works really well, and the national parks carry it in areas with extreme heat, but it tastes exactly like lemon flavored sweat.

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                                                                            FullPalate RE: JMF Jun 26, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                            The chemical make-up is exactly the same as sweat..?


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                                                                              TheHuntress RE: JMF Jun 29, 2010 05:55 AM

                                                                              I have never seen or heard of that in Australia - and I have lived in extreme remote areas. Most places carry gastrolyte.

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                                                                                Paulustrious RE: TheHuntress Jun 29, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                                                Is that similar to Blue Angel?

                                                                      2. blue room RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 12:47 PM

                                                                        A brand I've noticed just recently, an orange juice drink called
                                                                        "EmergenC". Just doesn't seem appropriate for food!

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                                                                          MaspethMaven RE: blue room Jan 3, 2007 01:22 AM

                                                                          EmergenC isn't really a food. It's a vitamin C supplement meant to be taken at the onset of illness, i.e. as soon as you feel the sniffles coming on, crack a pack of EmergenC.

                                                                        2. purplescout RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 01:42 PM

                                                                          I know this is somewhat tangential, but as a linguist you will probably appreciate it. I once heard a horror story about translations gone bad (as an object lesson in my business about the need to translate and then "back translate").

                                                                          The original text was the aphorism "The spirit is strong but the flesh is weak."

                                                                          Translated into Russian, the meaning became "The vodka is strong but the meat is spoiled."

                                                                          1. NovoCuisine RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 01:56 PM

                                                                            Cock fish sauce.

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                                                                              oldhound RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                              There's a Canadian cereal I've seen here at Stop and Shop called Otio-s. Huh? I'm lazy enough already.

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                                                                                Leonardo RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 05:12 PM

                                                                                Coca Cola has a drink in Japan called Salad Water.

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                                                                                  bijoux16 RE: grocerytrekker Dec 30, 2006 07:29 PM

                                                                                  there's a Korean cookie called "Couque D'Asse." it's actually a pretty elegant looking cookie, and tasty too... :) and I always feel sort of weird when I see "Krusteaz Baking Mix" at grocery stores. I like crusts, but cake mix... crusty... Krusteaz...

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                                                                                    Das Ubergeek RE: bijoux16 Dec 31, 2006 12:09 AM

                                                                                    Haha! I bought a friend a bag of Couque D'Asses (cooked asses) once.

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                                                                                      Vexorg RE: bijoux16 Dec 31, 2006 08:26 AM

                                                                                      I can understand that. It's the same thing as seeing Hotpoint refrigerators and Frigidaire ovens. It just doesn't sound right for some reason.

                                                                                      There's also Pocky, a Japanese candy that sounds like the result of a disfiguring skin disease, but the stuff seems to be quite popular around here these days.

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                                                                                        nrxchef RE: Vexorg Jan 8, 2007 11:58 PM

                                                                                        Heinz makes Spotted Dick in a can. Yum.

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                                                                                          doogette RE: Vexorg Feb 9, 2007 02:32 PM

                                                                                          I always forget the 's on Man's Pocky...without the 's it sounds bad.

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                                                                                        Fleur RE: grocerytrekker Dec 31, 2006 08:28 AM

                                                                                        The all time winner,(or loser) has to be PSCHITT, the French soda in a bottle.

                                                                                        Even though the French pronounce the "P" at the beginning of the word, it has made me laugh out loud since I was a little girl.

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                                                                                          Glencora RE: Fleur Dec 31, 2006 11:26 PM

                                                                                          I guess it supposed to be the sound of opening the bottle.

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                                                                                          copacetic RE: grocerytrekker Dec 31, 2006 09:25 AM

                                                                                          In asia...there's a drink mix much like Ovaltine called Horlick.

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                                                                                            jillp RE: copacetic Dec 31, 2006 02:07 PM

                                                                                            Isn't Horlick's available in the US these days? I can remember some twerpy adolescent male companions nearly exploding from laughter when they saw it in a store once.

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                                                                                              Blueicus RE: jillp Jan 2, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                              I believe Horlick was the name of the man who invented the malted drink (a caucasian, no less).

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                                                                                                Gary Soup RE: jillp Jan 3, 2007 03:36 AM

                                                                                                Don't forget Horehound candies. I believe that's a flavor, not a brand.

                                                                                                With another thread in mind, I'm surprised no one has taken "Horehound" as a Chowhound screen name.

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                                                                                                  prunefeet RE: Gary Soup Jan 3, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                                                                  Horehound is an herb that the candies are made out of. Traditional cough remedy I believe. But I think it's Horeshound actually.

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                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: prunefeet Aug 9, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                                                                    No it is indeed Horehound. The "hore" part comes from the old enlish for grey, (as in "hoary') You've proably actually had some, its a standad ingredinet in many herbal cough drops (Ricola is loaded with the stuff) on its own is a standard "olde tyme" candy the kind you find at places like Cracker Barrel or the Vermont Country store (bonus for the funny, due to thier shape and size the tradional name for the candies is "slugs") The taste (if you get a good brand, Clancey's (No to my surprise offered at the "old time candy" rack at most branches of Michaels Crafts) is the best of the readily available ones) is sorta like molasses candy with an herby slighty bitter aftetaste. It takes some getting used to but once you do you can become quite fond of them, plus they actually do work very well on throat and cough complaints.

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                                                                                                    greygarious RE: Gary Soup May 18, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                                                    Well, one post referred to his father's favorite candy as "whorehound" and I HOPE no one chooses THAT screen name!

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                                                                                                      Tripeler RE: greygarious May 19, 2010 03:53 AM

                                                                                                      The correct spelling is "horehound." Loved that candy. Good for colds.

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                                                                                                        melskid22 RE: Tripeler Nov 19, 2010 08:04 AM

                                                                                                        any idea where I can find the GOOD horehound candy,dark colored ones not yellowish ones-- I'm in northern Utah-- cant find them anywhere

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                                                                                                          buttertart RE: melskid22 Nov 19, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                                          Vermont Country Store, maybe?

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                                                                                                            jumpingmonk RE: buttertart Nov 19, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                                            Actually the ones the VCS sells are lousy, weak as heck. Ditto the ones from cracker barrels.

                                                                                                            I have a suggestion but it is a little unexpected. Do you happen to live in driving distance of a Michael's Crafts? (I can't seem to find a store locator for them, but they are spread all over the US, so it's possible you are). their old time candy areas stock the Clancey's brand, which is probably the strongest version common on the market I know of.

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                                                                                                              buttertart RE: jumpingmonk Nov 19, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                                              Hmm, didn't know they sold candy. Hope it doesn't get tainted by that nasty miasma of potpourri and scented candles that perbade the stores.

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                                                                                                                jumpingmonk RE: buttertart Nov 19, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                It hasn't all the time I've been buying it there. The clancey's bags are paper but they do have a plastic lining inside so I'm not sure anything can get through a sealed bag (one thing though, the candies are loose inside of that bag and the bag isn't re-sealable once opened so unless you are in the habit of cosuming and entier bag in a matter of days it helps to have something seperate to carry a few in you pocket (in my case an old Calm Stream tin (at least I think that's what ther'ye called those hyper powerful mint lozenges that all of the chinese supermarkets carry) ) and leave the actual bag at home. lets just say that, due to my other purchases, every bag of Horehound slugs Ive bough there has ridden home in a bag filled with sea-shells (which have their own destinctive funk) and I haven't tasted any fishyness yet).
                                                                                                                It kind of makes me nostagic for some of my hard candies long gone, the ones that came indvidually wrapped and sealed. I know from an enviromental POV loose is always better but it was handy to be abe to stuff a handful in my bag and not have to worry about it getting wet if it rained. I basically use selected hard candies as stop gap medicine, I stuff a horehound slug in my mouth if it starts to rain hard (it keeps me from developing that horrible cough when I get wet)
                                                                                                                Another fav of mine (as a habitue of Chinatown, you might have bumped into these yourself once long ago) were the ones made by Garden of Songs (came in a bag with a brushwork picture of a rather slender ancient chinese doctor) the ginger were great for an upset stomach, the green tea for a quick energy boost (the candies were made of mostly crystalized glucose) and the coughsweets were hand for when I actually had a cold (now that the company is long since gone, I tend to keep some A.E.Voegels pine drops for the same purpose)

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                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: jumpingmonk Nov 20, 2010 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                  I haven't seen the Chinese ones, but I found something last Sunday in the Great Wall on Kissena that you might be interested in as far as candies are concerned - mangosteen gummis made by Kasugai. They are quite good - the scent when you open the bag is very captivating -and they're cute (heart-shaped). Flavor is quite mild but reasonably accurate. Hadn't seen these before.

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                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: buttertart Nov 20, 2010 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                    When I get arond to visiting Flushing again (should be in about a month) I may give them a look.
                                                                                                                    One warning candywise, in Flushing. Last year, while visiting one of the smaller stores on 39th street (dont remember the name but it was in the little mall past Prince street, more or less across from the branch of Ocean Jewel, on the second floor. I bumped into a Malaysian company's nutmeg candy. I bought a bag as I thought i migh be flavored with the juice of nutmeg fruit (The fruit of nutmegs is often eaten in those areas where they grow. Back when I was a kid, one of the stores near me sold syrup made from those fruits, and I was quite fond of it.) Turns out they were flavored with actual nutmeg seed and very concetratedly flavored as well. Tastes fine, but aftet sucking just one of them oh boy did I get a headache!

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                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: jumpingmonk Nov 20, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                      Yikes! Take two and have hallucinations!

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                                                                                                        alkapal RE: greygarious May 24, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                                                        LOL "whorehound"!!

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                                                                                                      copacetic RE: jillp Jan 25, 2007 01:25 AM

                                                                                                      Oh yeah..it's available here. Just go to any of the Monterey Park/SGV cafes...they'll have it.

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                                                                                                      hillsbilly RE: copacetic May 14, 2010 02:26 AM

                                                                                                      We have Horlick's here in Australia too. Love it.

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                                                                                                      MikeLM RE: grocerytrekker Dec 31, 2006 04:31 PM

                                                                                                      Horlick's has made malt powder for generations and, as far as I know, still do.


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                                                                                                        Woodside Al RE: MikeLM Jan 2, 2007 06:45 PM

                                                                                                        It originated in Britain and is available in most of the English speaking world outside of the U.S. Quite popular in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China itself.

                                                                                                      2. Pei RE: grocerytrekker Jan 2, 2007 07:37 PM

                                                                                                        There's a Lebanese bean dish called foul. It's actally pronounced fool, thankfully.

                                                                                                        Actually, it's not foul at all. Garlicky, full of spices, warm, and delicious.

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                                                                                                          prunefeet RE: Pei Jan 3, 2007 01:31 PM

                                                                                                          Favas, yum. Foul Modomes or something like, it always makes me think "foul madames"

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                                                                                                            BamiaWruz RE: Pei Aug 11, 2009 08:38 AM

                                                                                                            And the flat breads which we refer to as "shami" (sham from bilad al sham, region of syria)
                                                                                                            When I mentioned it people often laugh because they think shami as in to clean a car.

                                                                                                            Couscous is also not an acceptable word in some regions of the middle east, I remember hearing of a man who got shot because of it.

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                                                                                                              Das Ubergeek RE: BamiaWruz Aug 11, 2009 09:23 AM

                                                                                                              You should hear Arabic speakers' reactions to being told that the nearest town to Disney World is "Kissimmee" (accent on the second syllable), which is just a little too close for comfort to one of the more offensive ways to tell someone to get lost in Arabic.

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                                                                                                            StPauliGirl RE: grocerytrekker Jan 2, 2007 07:40 PM

                                                                                                            The Asian supermarket sells a brand of iced coffee called God. It's in the same cooler next to Mr. Brown and Pocari Sweat.

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                                                                                                              Leonardo RE: grocerytrekker Jan 2, 2007 08:06 PM

                                                                                                              My Japanese GF loves Pocari Sweat. She has it if ever sick.

                                                                                                              This site has some great items:
                                                                                                              (That last one sounds pretty good...mmmm, chocolate beer!

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                                                                                                                prunefeet RE: Leonardo Jan 3, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                The last one is adorable. I love engrish.com, but am concerned that maybe it's offensive. I hope not, cause to me it's charming.

                                                                                                              2. sailormouth RE: grocerytrekker Jan 4, 2007 02:14 AM

                                                                                                                In Utah there is a candy, similar to Ricola's only a little sweeter/syrupyer, called "horehound."

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                                                                                                                  theSauce RE: grocerytrekker Jan 4, 2007 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                  In the early 80's there was a diet pill call AYDS. I just saw it on VH1 Web Junky or Junk over the weekend.

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                                                                                                                    hercules q. einstein RE: theSauce Jan 5, 2007 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                    I remember a candy called AIDS that they stopped producing in the 80s for obvious reasons.

                                                                                                                    Not food, but when I lived in Taiwan they sold "Darkie" brand toothpaste with a horrible caricature in blackface on the tube. I never got used to seeing it in the drugstore.

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                                                                                                                      IndyGirl RE: hercules q. einstein Jan 10, 2007 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                      oh, that's bad.

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                                                                                                                        Woodside Al RE: IndyGirl Jan 10, 2007 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                        Later on, after many complaints from Americans -- but apparently still a little unclear on the concept -- the name was changed to "Darlie" but the caricature remained on the package.

                                                                                                                        In recent years the company that owns the brand (Colgate-Palmolive Hong Kong) has lightnend the skin tone of the caricature and now puts only the Chinese name, which has never changed, on the packaging: black person toothpaste.

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                                                                                                                          theSauce RE: Woodside Al Jan 15, 2007 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                          I remember using the yellow boxed tooth paste. Along with the yellow boxed cigs call Long Life.

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                                                                                                                        MaspethMaven RE: hercules q. einstein Jan 30, 2007 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                        Here's a link to an ad for the toothpaste


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                                                                                                                          melpy RE: MaspethMaven Mar 27, 2010 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                          That is horribly offensive.

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                                                                                                                        sivyaleah RE: theSauce Jan 27, 2007 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                        They weren't pills, they were chocolate. I remember them.

                                                                                                                      4. sandrina RE: grocerytrekker Jan 5, 2007 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                        As a kid, I'd get a kick out of the Pu Pu Platter at our local Chinese restaurant.

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                                                                                                                          IndyGirl RE: sandrina Jan 10, 2007 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                          Hah, so did my brother and me! It is rather funny. LOL

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                                                                                                                          ricepad RE: grocerytrekker Jan 8, 2007 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                          It seems to me that Calpis was renamed "Calpico" because of the marketing problems. I remember the first time my family went to Japan to visit relatives...my brother and I were young, and didn't speak much Japanese, so when an uncle asked (in heavily accented English), "You want ca-ru pee-su?" we looked at each other with worried expressions and replied simultaneously, "Uh...no thanks!"

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                                                                                                                            rumgum RE: ricepad Jan 8, 2007 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                            I remember when it used to be Calpis. As annoying kids we used to yell around the grocery store, "You want Cow-Piss?".

                                                                                                                          2. thegolferbitch RE: grocerytrekker Jan 8, 2007 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                            Titlis, an Indonesian candy (refreshing and sugar free)...
                                                                                                                            and Coolpis, a Japanese peach beverage.

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                                                                                                                              zin1953 RE: grocerytrekker Jan 8, 2007 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                              My favorite of all-time was a sparkling Hungarian wine someone once tried to sell me: Budafok. To which I replied, "Budafok cares?"

                                                                                                                              1. MeffaBabe RE: grocerytrekker Jan 8, 2007 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                Saw a chinese food restaurant one time named "Pho King Restaurant" doesn't translate very well into English... say it out loud a few times and you will see what I mean.

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                                                                                                                                  rumgum RE: MeffaBabe Jan 8, 2007 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                  I think there might be a chain of Pho restaurants with the name, "What The Pho".

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                                                                                                                                  MobyRichard RE: grocerytrekker Jan 8, 2007 11:49 PM

                                                                                                                                  There's a British steamed pudding called Spotted Dick. One on-line recipe site includes, in addition to the recipe for the pudding, the following recommendation:

                                                                                                                                  "As you can see, Fanny recommends a nice hot custard to go on your Spotted Dick. I am sure Fanny would never have a Spotted Dick unless it had a nice big blob of nice hot custard on it:"

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                                                                                                                                    rockycat RE: MobyRichard Jan 9, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                    Given that "fanny" is a British-ism for the female genitalia, that paragraph has got more of the "nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more" going for it than most of us suspect.

                                                                                                                                  2. Das Ubergeek RE: grocerytrekker Jan 9, 2007 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                                    Well, if we're going for restaurant names, the worst-named Vietnamese Restaurant in the world is on Garvey Avenue in Rosemead, California: http://www.geekvalley.org/gallery/d/2...

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                                                                                                                                      rumgum RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 9, 2007 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                      you win!

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                                                                                                                                        IndyGirl RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 10, 2007 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                        that's horrible! LOL

                                                                                                                                      2. augustiner RE: grocerytrekker Jan 9, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        this bar in korea had "FLESH FLUIT" listed on their menu.

                                                                                                                                        1. E Eto RE: grocerytrekker Jan 10, 2007 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                          I always wondered why no one informed the people at Glico that calling a candy product Collon was a bad idea. Not only that, but acutally making their products in tubular shapes as well. Still, it seems like a popular product especially in Japan and Thailand.


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                                                                                                                                            SauceSupreme RE: E Eto Feb 6, 2007 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                            It's a shame, because Collon is so tasty. I especially like their green tea variant.

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                                                                                                                                            meamhungry RE: grocerytrekker Jan 13, 2007 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                            And then there's the bakery I used to drive by when I lived in Japan, the "Flesh Bakery". They obviously intended Fresh, but ahhh those wacky Japanese.

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                                                                                                                                              ns538bmk RE: grocerytrekker Jan 15, 2007 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                              Cock Flavoured soup. I guess now it's real, not just flavoured:


                                                                                                                                              And yes, I did try it.

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                                                                                                                                                michael23 RE: grocerytrekker Jan 21, 2007 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                In many restaurants in Japan, an English version of the menu is offered (for those in need).

                                                                                                                                                Though the waiter's descritpion made it sound delicious, I just couldn't bring myslef to order the Crap Soup!

                                                                                                                                                This obviously was a misspelling of Crab, but served for much laughter at our table.

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                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk RE: michael23 Aug 9, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Rminds me of a Malaysian Resturnat I once went to, the dish "Nasi Goreng" was misspelled on the English menu "Nazi Goering".

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                                                                                                                                                  ali patts RE: grocerytrekker Jan 25, 2007 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Amazing how your mind goes blank at just the wrong moment - what are nun's farts really called? (In French)

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                                                                                                                                                    Das Ubergeek RE: ali patts Jan 25, 2007 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Pets de sœur or pets de nonne. "Pets" is pronounced approximately "pay".

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                                                                                                                                                      RicRios RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 26, 2007 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                      This reminds me of "Suspiros de Monja" ("Nun's Sighs"), a longuish, cucumber-shaped sweet pastry common in Argentina; and it's obvious counterpart, "Bolas de Fraile" ("Monk's balls"), a rather large-sized beignet.

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                                                                                                                                                    Ketchup RE: grocerytrekker Jan 27, 2007 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                    The other way round:
                                                                                                                                                    The English word 'bite', means penis in French (pronounced 'bit'). I remember being sent a picture of a sausage shaped pack of dogfood from US or canada, branded "Mega-bite". It indeed looked like one.

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                                                                                                                                                      Das Ubergeek RE: Ketchup Jan 30, 2007 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                      It's actually spelled "bitte" and pronounced like the red root vegetable. You can imagine the fun we had in German class in French-speaking Switzerland learning the word for "please".

                                                                                                                                                    2. sivyaleah RE: grocerytrekker Jan 27, 2007 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Does this count?

                                                                                                                                                      While traveling in Spain, my husband and I came across candy packaged in a small plastic, naked african-american tribal child carrying a spear, called Congoitos.

                                                                                                                                                      We couldn't believe it, here in the US it would be considered completely racist and would never see market.

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                                                                                                                                                        michael23 RE: sivyaleah Jan 30, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm just curious - if you were in Spain, how do you know the child was African-American (as opposed to African-Spanish, or other)?

                                                                                                                                                        Sorry, couldn't resist...

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                                                                                                                                                          sivyaleah RE: michael23 Jan 30, 2007 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Well, it was obvious from the look of the character and the way it was packaged - a spear-holding, large-lipped, very dark skinned, and now that I think of it, it may not be a child, it may actually be more of a pygmy character and it had a picture of an African landscape on the label.

                                                                                                                                                          It's really quite something. If I remember, I think it had some kind of chiclet candy in it - but I might be mistaken. We bought it about 5 years back. I really doubt it was African-Spanish but I won't say for sure it wasn't. Whatever the case it was certainly bordering on offensive by US standards.

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                                                                                                                                                            Ted in Central NJ RE: michael23 Jan 30, 2007 08:35 AM


                                                                                                                                                            I appreciate your humor, even if not everyone gets it!


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                                                                                                                                                              sivyaleah RE: Ted in Central NJ Jan 30, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Duh, I just got it. I was trying too hard to be sensitive :-)
                                                                                                                                                              Guess I should have just said "African" and left it at that LOL

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                                                                                                                                                          michael23 RE: grocerytrekker Jan 30, 2007 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                          This one is kind of a reverse situation involving food names.

                                                                                                                                                          We had some business associates from South Korea visit us - it was the first time in the states. We entertained them most every night, but one night they went out to dinner without us.

                                                                                                                                                          While dog is not uncommon in Korea, they knew that Americans don't go for that - so they were very pleasantly surprised to see "hot dog" on the menu.

                                                                                                                                                          The one who could speak some english ordered one hot dog for all six of them to share, despite the waiter's attempt to talk them into ordering more.

                                                                                                                                                          You can imagine their response when the order came!

                                                                                                                                                          1. Das Ubergeek RE: grocerytrekker Jan 30, 2007 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                            "Beet" is pronounced the same as the French word for "schlong"... so you can imagine what a Frenchman would think of beet-and-chevre salad.

                                                                                                                                                            1. funkymonkey RE: grocerytrekker Feb 6, 2007 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                              A good friend went to Sweden a few years ago and brought me back some candy called Plopp. They're chocolate covered caramels, almost like Rolos, but the name had us in stiches for ages. We'd always say, "boy, i need a good plopp."

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                                                                                                                                                                Das Ubergeek RE: funkymonkey Aug 9, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Plopp and a nice warm Pschitt... great way to while away the afternoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                  RicRios RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 9, 2009 01:55 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                    bagelman01 RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 9, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    In the 1960s and 1970s there was a French candy called PSCHITT. It was a fruit gel filled hard candy/ They came packaged in a white wrapper with gold letters. There were approximately 10 pcs in the package.

                                                                                                                                                                    My grandfather was a shirt manufacturer and head salesman for his company. This candy was his calling card. He alkways offered buyers a 'PIECE OF PSCHITT'

                                                                                                                                                                2. ktmoomau RE: grocerytrekker Aug 10, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  We had French exchange students in high school around Easter and my friend was going on and on about her love affair with Peeps, all the French boys were quite impressed. We later figured out from some of the girls "peeps" in French= blowjob.

                                                                                                                                                                  I sent my exchange student packages of peeps for the next few years.

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                                                                                                                                                                    lagatta RE: ktmoomau Aug 11, 2009 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    actually spelt "pipes" (as in pipe) in French. Makes sense actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Michelly RE: lagatta Apr 16, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Too funny!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: grocerytrekker Dec 21, 2009 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    BBC America recently re-ran an old episode of Top Gear that featured co-host Jeremy Clarkson driving across northern Europe. At a convenience store in Denmark, he showed off a box of a local brand of salt licorice called Spunk. (Note: "spunk" is UK slang for semen.) The best part was when he tasted a piece, screwed up his face in horror and squealed "Oooh, I don't like Spunk!"

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                                                                                                                                                                      buttermarblepopcorn RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2010 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Three years later and I'm surprised nobody mentioned "barf," which apparently means "snow" in Persian, and is a brand name of laundry detergent.


                                                                                                                                                                      And similarly there's the indian dessert named barfi.

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                                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk RE: buttermarblepopcorn Feb 28, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        There's a popular Czech laundry detergent called "Polio"

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                                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: buttermarblepopcorn Feb 28, 2010 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          However, barfi is pronounced more like bUrfi.

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                                                                                                                                                                            buttermarblepopcorn RE: Caitlin McGrath Mar 1, 2010 01:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            True. My first introduction to its mere existence, however, was in written form only, which, heh heh... you know...

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                                                                                                                                                                            buttermarblepopcorn RE: buttermarblepopcorn Mar 1, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Aha. A friend from Argentina just totally randomly sent me this (not having a clue about this thread):


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                                                                                                                                                                              RicRios RE: buttermarblepopcorn Mar 2, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Please ask your friend re. the (intended) meaning of "Barfy" in Argentina

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                                                                                                                                                                                buttermarblepopcorn RE: RicRios Mar 2, 2010 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Hey RicRios,

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not entirely sure if you meant that semi-rhetorically (that is, you know the intended meaning and wanted me to find out) or if you honestly didn't know what the reference might be. My general impression from having read your posts is that you're a really knowledgable and worldly person, which is why my first reaction was that you were just nudging me to "get" the joke...

                                                                                                                                                                                In any case, I emailed my friend (a fully native Argentine whose English happens to be incredibly perfect) and he responded with the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                "Why Barfy" is a good question. I should ask someone who is bulimic.

                                                                                                                                                                                Seriously -- I have no idea. The word "barf" doesn't mean anything in
                                                                                                                                                                                Spanish, and to the best of my knowledge, it doesn't suggest or point
                                                                                                                                                                                at anything in particular either (i.e. no pun or reference to another
                                                                                                                                                                                word that I can think of). They certainly wanted to make it sound
                                                                                                                                                                                gringo, as in, say, "Disney" or "comfy" or so. Perhaps they just
                                                                                                                                                                                didn't know? There's a huge pub around the corner here called
                                                                                                                                                                                "Hummer". Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                Did you have any insight into this, RR?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  RicRios RE: buttermarblepopcorn Mar 3, 2010 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Honestly, I don't have a clue.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Everyday street slang comes up with new stuff.
                                                                                                                                                                                  In particular nowadays, with the ubiquitous texting acronymic abbreviations & such.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought BARFY was some new linguistic excrescence along those lines.
                                                                                                                                                                                  It may still very well be, unbeknownst to your friend & us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam Fujisaka RE: buttermarblepopcorn Mar 27, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    "Barfy" doesn't mean anything in Argentinian Spanish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      lagatta RE: buttermarblepopcorn Apr 11, 2010 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hummer also means Lobster in German. Making Arnie driving one very funny indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Rasam RE: buttermarblepopcorn Mar 31, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Except, it is not pronounced like the English(?) "barf". It's pronounced (and sometimes spelled) "burf" and "burfi", if that helps any...

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry: this post is showing up in the wrong part of the thread, and there are other replies making the same point, and I keep trying unsuccessfully to delete mine, but no luck....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Scrappygrrl RE: grocerytrekker Mar 30, 2010 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Not foreign, but there is a local restaurant inLancaster PA called Kegel's Seafood Restaurant.......maybe only women of childbearing age will get this one though....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    smartie RE: Scrappygrrl Mar 31, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    do they sell muscles???

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Scrappygrrl RE: smartie Mar 31, 2010 04:53 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                        Paulustrious RE: smartie May 13, 2010 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        The have graffen burgers. More commonly know in the US as sliders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Querencia RE: grocerytrekker Apr 11, 2010 04:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      In a Thai restaurant I overheard men at the next table trying to get the young girl waitress to read them the names of dishes featuring hot chili, the Thai word for that being "prik".

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Michelly RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        In the Philippines they make a sweet, sticky rice cake that's wrapped up in bamboo leaves and steamed, called Puto.
                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a Filipino cookbook with the recipe, which I make sure to show all my hispanic friends and aquaintences.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk RE: Michelly Apr 16, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          This is doubly odd when you consider the fact that for most (or a least a lot) of Filipinos, Spanish is thier first language.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Michelly RE: jumpingmonk Apr 16, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually, puta is a bad word, meaning the same in Tagalog (Filipino) as in Spanish.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Filipinos have over 47 dialects, and y ou can get along knowing Spanish because Spain owned the country for a while during which a lot of Spanish, along with Catholicism, got similated into the northern section, the seat of the "national" language, Tagalog . But you canNOT say that "Spanish is their first language".

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: Michelly Apr 17, 2010 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I stand corrected. Still if it's a bad word even in the "official"language, it's still a bit odd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                lagatta RE: Michelly Jun 20, 2010 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't a puto a male puta? Like puta, it can also be a generic insult that has nothing to do with the sex trade.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. porker RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not foreign, but in our backyard..."Squirt" soft drink...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mexican hot dog and cold cut maker "Fud"...Female Urination Device. Whenever we're in a Mexican grocery store, can't help repeat "Tastes like fud."

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pata_Negra RE: grocerytrekker Apr 17, 2010 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              mini dickmann's. it's not what you think lol... [last pic on page: http://saudades.proboards.com/index.c... ]. used to be called 'negro's kiss' but some people didn't like the sound of that.

                                                                                                                                                                                              in some countries i see bread called Bimbo. Corny muesli bars in Europe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Rasam RE: grocerytrekker May 13, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                All over Kenya and Tanzania you get bottles of "Nazi Oil" in grocery stores.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Nazi is Swahili for coconut, so they are selling coconut oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Wonder what the German tourists think of this .....

                                                                                                                                                                                                (It is just a coincidence)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  hillsbilly RE: Rasam May 14, 2010 02:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here are my photos of Chocolate collon, Hard Stick and Cream of Natural Herds...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                    grayelf RE: hillsbilly May 25, 2010 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I always think that people who don't speak Spanish and find one of the many moles from Mexico on a menu might wax befuddled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also in Spanish, I traveled in Mexico as a child/young person and became enamoured of a bottled chocolate milk drink. When the daughter of a friend of ours came to Vancouver for a visit, I thought it would be fun to share my love for this drink with her by way of making small talk. Somewhat out of the blue, says I: "Me gusta Soldados." Of course she can't see the capital S and has no context for this remark. After much explaining, I think she decided that perhaps I was not just into soldiers and a big ol' ho :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, I believe that the Thai word for crab is poo. 'Nuff said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: grayelf May 25, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i love a soldado in a uniform.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paulustrious RE: alkapal May 25, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I though you liked them purely out of habit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: Paulustrious May 25, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most excellent riposte of the day, sir. Well played!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: Paulustrious May 25, 2010 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            well of course one has to get out of the habit! http://product-images.paidonresults.n...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: grayelf May 25, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There was a teriffic Thai restaurant in Jackson Heights, NY in the 90s infelicitously (for English speakers) named after the nickname of the fabulous lady cook: Poo Thai. We were devastated when it closed (don't know why, wasn't necessarily necause of the name, I believe the owners moved to Florida). Would that we could track them down again. Sripraphai had nothing on this place, it was utter magic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sabroso RE: grocerytrekker May 26, 2010 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not a food name, exactly, but whenever I'm offered the after-dinner drink menu at a restaurant, I have to suppress a laugh (and a wince) if they have Cockburns or Dry Sack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        porker RE: sabroso May 27, 2010 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or clueless bartender asking "What did you order? Penis Coloidus"?
                                                                                                                                                                                                        -pina colada

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk RE: porker Jun 17, 2010 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who would actually SAY it like that? A Latin major? I'm sure you are not trying to pull any legs but it sort of remind me of the Joke about the Latin major who goes into a bar and orders a Martinus and whne the bartender ask if he means he wants a Martini repiles "If I wanted two, I would have asked for two!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: jumpingmonk Jun 17, 2010 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plus Cockburns is pronounced Coburns, is it not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              porker RE: jumpingmonk Jun 19, 2010 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or the mushroom who was refused service at the bar says "but I'm a fun-guy..."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                jumpingmonk RE: porker Jun 19, 2010 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or the German who walks in as asks for two Martini's the Bartender say "Dry?" To which the German replies "Nein, two will be plenty"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                And of couse Rene Descartes, who when the barman asks if he wants another says "I think not" and promptly dissapears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh and a few places I've been to make an even bigger mistake they offer "Cockbums" (or is that another company?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RicRios RE: jumpingmonk Jun 19, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is this a termites' convention or what?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are we talking bar-tender jokes here?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    porker RE: jumpingmonk Jun 20, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or the dog who walks into a bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bartender: "Can I help you?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dog: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Termite convention? Actually some say termites were responsible for the New Orleans flood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paulustrious RE: sabroso May 27, 2010 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Goodness, you just reminded me of being offered something that (in my head) came across as an eye swine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. mrsmegawatt RE: grocerytrekker Jun 17, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In San Francisco there's a walk away dim sum place called "Good Mong Kok". We could barely keep a straight face in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. roxlet RE: grocerytrekker Jun 26, 2010 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In Egypt, there is a sandwich called Friskies Fajita. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ricepad RE: roxlet Jun 26, 2010 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Here, kitty, kitty!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. alliegator RE: grocerytrekker Nov 19, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I found a lot during my the few months I spent in Thailand, but the one I could not ignore was the one that was staring at me outside my hotel window in central Bangkok for a week. The "Miss Puke" massage parlor. Not food, but I couldn't resist sharing and it was highly visible form the hotel's otherwise great restaurant. Can't find my pic at the moment, but here's a link:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yfunk3 RE: grocerytrekker Nov 19, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's a brand of soup mix in the "ethnic aisle" of my local supermarket. Latin American brand (can't remember the name), but they label the soup mix as "cock soup" with a picture of a rooster on the front.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, a regular trip to any standard Asian supermarket will yield dozens, if not hundreds, of fitting examples for this thread.

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