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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #425 on: February 26, 2019, 01:39:04 pm »
"A bum steer" is a Usanian phrase, I think. I'm imagining that the name is either a complaint from early settlers who'd taken the wrong pass over the mountains, or possibly from an indigenous language (though that would make it odd to have the same name in California and Virginia).
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #426 on: February 26, 2019, 01:56:40 pm »
I've been wondering how it's pronounced. I'd assumed Bum-pass but it could be Bump-ass.

This ex-resident of Virginia confirms it's pronounced with no emphasis on the 'ass' and a slight southern drawl so it comes out a sounding a little like Burmpuss.
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #427 on: February 26, 2019, 02:00:22 pm »
"A bum steer" is a Usanian phrase, I think. I'm imagining that the name is either a complaint from early settlers who'd taken the wrong pass over the mountains, or possibly from an indigenous language (though that would make it odd to have the same name in California and Virginia).

It's a largely American and Antipodean phrase, believed to have originated from American maritime humour about the perils of trying steer a sailing vessel in reverse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bum_steer


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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #428 on: August 05, 2019, 11:25:49 am »
I don't know if there's a terrible-pun-business thread (mostly hairdressers, I suppose), but I saw a van the other day for Spruce Springclean...  :thumbsup:

Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #429 on: August 05, 2019, 01:01:21 pm »
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #430 on: August 06, 2019, 06:59:27 pm »
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham - from the suburb of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End

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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #431 on: August 06, 2019, 07:13:26 pm »
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham - from the suburb of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End

Yes. I remember that one.  Unfortunately they moved across Brum from Shard End to Aston a while back.
Still a great name, though.
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #432 on: August 06, 2019, 07:14:32 pm »
Reminds me of Burnt Oak Timber I did upthread...

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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #433 on: August 06, 2019, 08:14:38 pm »
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham

I think I got a puncture from some of that once.
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #435 on: August 13, 2019, 09:36:33 am »
Riding up to my house last night I noticed an advertising board leaning on a skip outside one of my neighbours houses...


Asphire construction and carpentry.


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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #436 on: September 16, 2019, 02:23:48 pm »
Did Glenn Hoddle have a hand in naming this company?

https://www.karmamobility.co.uk/product-category/lightweight-wheelchairs/
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #437 on: October 10, 2019, 02:19:30 pm »
Looking at Google Maps in my immediate neighbourhood I spy 'Private Tutions @ Low Prices' [sic], which is apparently a language school.

I know there are spelling and grammar threads here but to have errors both in a business name...

Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #438 on: October 11, 2019, 01:58:13 pm »
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Re: The badly-named businesses thread
« Reply #439 on: October 12, 2019, 04:05:43 am »
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