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Title: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 05, 2015, 08:34:01 PM
When I was younger and worked at the now defunct Steak & Ale Restaurant we employees used to call it "Ache and Stale" to be humorous.

Then one user on here who does not like Golden Corral calls it "Olden Corral."

The list continues as some Disney employees like to call its Florida Theme Park known as The Magic Kingdom as the "Tragic Kingdom."  Plus, I like to call the Aramark Uniform Company as "Arafuck Uniform Company" as I hated that company as they treated both their customers and workers like shit.  Aramark was the worst employer I ever had and would never get a uniform through them if they survived Armageddon.
Then my best friend in High School used to call McDonalds"McMac" as it was his favorite (and still is his favorite)eatery as well as another friend called it "McBlues" as he does not really care for the fast food nonesense.

What other names do you give common businesses or employers company names that you hated to work for?
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Big John on December 05, 2015, 08:41:44 PM
I had McDonald's as Mac and Don's
Walmart as Wally World
Hardee's as Hardly's
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 05, 2015, 09:36:03 PM
Steak 'n' Shake is called Mistake 'n' Shake.

McDonald's has a bunch of names. Some kid in grade school called it McDoodle's. I sometimes call it Ron McDon, because one time in gym class in grade school, there was some kid named Ron who annoyed some other kid, causing him to say, "Stop it, Ron McDon!"

In my youth, I used to have a lot of parodies for commercial slogans that I came up with after hearing them for the first time. Here's some of them...

Campbell's: "Soup is good food" became "Poop is good food."

U.S. Army: "Be all that you can be" became "Pee all that you can pee."

NAPA: "All the right parts in all the right places" became "All the right farts in all the right faces."

Holiday Inn: "#1 in people pleasin'" became "#1 in people peein'."

Kroger: "Cut your cost at Kroger" became "Cut a fart at Kroger."

Bubble Yum: "Keeps it poppin'" became "Keeps it poopin'".

There was also a commersh for Pizza Quick Sauce where they sang, "Open a jar of Pizza Quick Sauce and open your own pizzeria." I always used to sing, "Open your own diarrhea."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 05, 2015, 09:45:52 PM
There's a lot of gum commercials that I parodied. I remember the Care-Free gum commersh where the song that went "means no sugar when you chew" became "means no boogers when you poo."

Around the time I was in college, there was the Wrigley's commersh that had giant black letters on the screen on a white background, like the old "Frankie Say Relax" shirts. Then they said "Pure chewing satisfaction", and I always said "Pure pooing satisfaction."

All of these parodies were hilarious just because of their sheer immaturity. They were kind of predictable, but still funny. Sort of like how when you see a pie in a sitcom, you know right were it's going to end up, but it's still funny after the millionth time.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: allniter89 on December 05, 2015, 10:21:01 PM
Waffle House is frequently called Awful House sometimes referring to the food. They're an entertaining place after the bars close as all the drunks come in to eat & make fools of themselves. There's usually a fight or two, someone pukes & someone tries to leave w/out paying their bill. I was 3rd shift cook for a couple years, it was quite a show.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 05, 2015, 10:22:55 PM
Waffle House is frequently called Awful House sometimes referring to the food. They're an entertaining place after the bars close as all the drunks come in to eat & make fools of themselves. There's usually a fight or two, someone pukes & someone tries to leave w/out paying their bill. I was 3rd shift cook for a couple years, it was quite a show.

Huddle House is often called Puddle House.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: vtk on December 05, 2015, 10:24:36 PM
My group of friends frequently gets late night food at Steak 'n' Screw.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Jardine on December 05, 2015, 10:40:43 PM
Related:

several places I'm aware of (1 I worked at) if the company logo is in any way circular in appearance, it's referred to as "The Meatball".

Additionally, one place I worked at made components for the bomb racks on some military aircraft.  We took to calling the device "Dial-a-bomb".  While all of us who worked on it thought it was hysterical, the Air Force had a completely different viewpoint.  :confused:

We even made our own logo, it was a big juicy turd headed for a fan.

That went over even less favorably . . . .
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on December 05, 2015, 10:48:48 PM
Awful Waffle (Waffle House)

There's also I-Hop (while hopping on one foot)

McDemon's

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: DaBigE on December 05, 2015, 11:22:22 PM
Picket and Slave (Pick 'n Save)
My nards smell (Menards)
Expect more, find less or Save more by finding less (twist on Target's "Expect more, spend less" slogan)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 05, 2015, 11:26:37 PM
Chlor-AAAHH!-Septic Tank!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: jwolfer on December 05, 2015, 11:46:28 PM
Winn Dixie became Winn Dick-me
Publix became "Pube licks"
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: oscar on December 05, 2015, 11:58:24 PM
Expect more, find less or Save more by finding less (twist on Target's "Expect more, spend less" slogan)

And Target's name, at least in my metro area, is often mispronounced "Tar-zhay" as if it were a French word, in keeping with its image/pretense of being one notch above Wal-Mart.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kurumi on December 06, 2015, 12:30:20 AM
Let's Make Some Coffee (Lockheed Missiles and Space Corp.)
People Walking Around (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft)
Stupid Tea (a pearl tea place with 痴茶 in the name; the owner said it meant "crazy about making good tea")
Satanic Row (Santana Row, an upscale shopping center)

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: DaBigE on December 06, 2015, 12:35:44 AM
And Target's name, at least in my metro area, is often mispronounced "Tar-zhay" as if it were a French word, in keeping with its image/pretense of being one notch above Wal-Mart.

Forgot about that one...I do that myself from time to time. :)

As far as "mispronunciations" go, at one point I overheard the conversation:
Lady 1: "Let's go to Target."
Lady 2: "What's Target? Is it similar to the store 'Bull's-eye Target'?"
:pan:
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Alps on December 06, 2015, 12:50:39 AM
North NJ common ones:
OHOP = Original Pancake House
The Roach = Golden Touch Diner (since replaced, will always be the Roach though)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on December 06, 2015, 12:55:30 AM
Primitive Brothers (Primanti Brothers)
McTrump (McDonalds)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: wanderer2575 on December 06, 2015, 02:10:13 AM
Burger Thing.  Taco Hell.  (Or Taco Bender.)

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: lordsutch on December 06, 2015, 03:14:36 AM
People in Ocala used to call the local newspaper, the Ocala Star-Banner, the "Star Blunder." When I interned there for a couple of years in high school, they were not amused when that accidentally slipped out.

In the same vein as Tar-zhay, I've heard JC Penney referred to as "Jacques Pené."

My colleagues have a habit of calling a local Mexican restaurant, El Sombrero, "The Hat."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on December 06, 2015, 03:22:31 AM
North NJ common ones:
OHOP = Original Pancake House
The Roach = Golden Touch Diner (since replaced, will always be the Roach though)

When some wise guy bent over the end of a little green sign with an arrow pointing off the Oradell Ave. exit of Route 17, the locally famous Fireplace restaurant amusingly became the "Replace."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Brandon on December 06, 2015, 08:02:17 AM
Jewel (as in Jewel-Osco): Joke.
Speedway: Greedway.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1995hoo on December 06, 2015, 09:20:07 AM
The now long-defunct Super Fresh grocery store in Charlottesville was often called "Stupid Fresh."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 06, 2015, 09:39:58 AM
Jewel (as in Jewel-Osco): Joke.

I always call it Jewel-Oscar.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Brian556 on December 06, 2015, 10:14:24 AM
My mother has always called McDonalds "McDoodoo's"

Jack In The Box - we sometimes call it Jackoff in the Box.

Taco Bell: Toxic Hell, Taco Smell
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: jp the roadgeek on December 06, 2015, 10:18:37 AM
Burger King: Burger Doodle
Taco Bell: Toxic Smell, Taco Snatch
Roy Rogers: Trigger Burger
And, in tribute to my grandmother....Dairy Queen: Dairy Dream, Sears: Searobock
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: wxfree on December 06, 2015, 11:45:35 AM
One of my favorites is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper being referred to as the Startle Gram.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on December 06, 2015, 08:21:01 PM
North NJ common ones:
OHOP = Original Pancake House
The Roach = Golden Touch Diner (since replaced, will always be the Roach though)

Speaking of North Jersey, I love The Fireplace to death, but after some wiseacre bent back the end of the little green sign pointing to it off the Route 17 Oradell Ave. ramp, making it say

REPLACE
<-----


it was "The Replace" to me for many years after.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hbelkins on December 06, 2015, 10:30:49 PM
We have two liberal rags for major daily newspapers in Kentucky.

I've been known to call the Lexington Herald-Leader the Herald-Misleader, the Geraldo-Leader and the Herald-Liberal.

The Louisville Courier Journal, to me, is the Curious Urinal.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 06, 2015, 11:26:00 PM
I remember referring to White Castle as "White Rats" as to the humor we gave their meat. 

Many of us used to say that they got their beef from actual rats, even though we loved them.  It was "indigestion that we all loved to have just for the great taste" many of us would be comedic about as well.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on December 06, 2015, 11:30:45 PM
We have two liberal rags for major daily newspapers in Kentucky.

I've been known to call the Lexington Herald-Leader the Herald-Misleader, the Geraldo-Leader and the Herald-Liberal.

The Louisville Courier Journal, to me, is the Curious Urinal.

Our big-business-championing local bootwiper is often affectionately (or not) referred to as the Glob. 
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman on December 07, 2015, 09:35:06 AM
McDonalds = The Evil Clown
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 07, 2015, 10:42:54 AM
We have two liberal rags for major daily newspapers in Kentucky.

Where? I'd love to read them!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 07, 2015, 12:41:25 PM
I have heard the name "New York Slimes" instead of NY Times being that their stuff they publish has gotten to absurd.

In Orlando I refer to Chanel 9 Eyewitness News as "Crimewitness News" because most of their stories involve reporting metro area crimes whether its the local 7 Eleven getting robbed or some domestic dispute.  Compared to the other news agencies in Central Florida, who report less crime stories and more other news stories without the really sad news, Bob Opshal and his team always stay on top of the bad more.

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Brandon on December 07, 2015, 01:22:31 PM
One of my favorites is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper being referred to as the Startle Gram.

Newspapers get this a lot.

Houghton, MI's one is the Daily Mining Gazette, commonly referred to as the Daily Whining Gizitte.
Marquette, MI has the Daily Mining Journal, referred to as the Daily Whining Urinal.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Jardine on December 07, 2015, 01:39:28 PM
Omaha World Herald =  Omaha Weird Harold (or Herald)

Council Bluffs Nonpareil = Council Bluffs Non-Parallel

Lincoln Journal Star = Lincoln Urinal Star
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: briantroutman on December 07, 2015, 02:17:27 PM
I have heard the name "New York Slimes" instead of NY Times being that their stuff they publish has gotten to absurd.

After he was fired, Joe Bob Briggs would often go on tirades about his former employer, the Dallas Slimes-Herald.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hbelkins on December 07, 2015, 03:00:37 PM
New York Slimes, Washington Compost -- those of us on the right side of the aisle have a lot of names for the liberal rags we have to read to find out what the other side is up to.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: tchafe1978 on December 07, 2015, 04:51:22 PM
Picket and Slave (Pick 'n Save)
My nards smell (Menards)
Expect more, find less or Save more by finding less (twist on Target's "Expect more, spend less" slogan)

I worked at Pick 'n Save in high school, we called it Pick 'n Slave, not Picket. never thought of that. Clever.
Another now defunct grocery store I worked at called SuperSaver, we called SuperSlaver (sense a theme here?).
Walmart is called Wally World or Wal-fart. The employees are called Walmartians.
My brother worked at Burger King, he called it Booger Fling.
I worked at Menards too, but never had a name for it. My dad liked to pronounce it MAY-nerds.

I've heard Pizza Hut called Pizza Slut.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: GaryV on December 07, 2015, 06:12:45 PM
When the Detroit News and the Free Press combined business operations and brought out a combined Sunday edition, I called it the Detroit News-free Press.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: NE2 on December 07, 2015, 08:00:21 PM
AARoads: AALoads
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on December 07, 2015, 08:04:44 PM
AARoads: AALoads
:-D :-D :angry:
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: renegade on December 07, 2015, 09:17:55 PM
When the Detroit News and the Free Press combined business operations and brought out a combined Sunday edition, I called it the Detroit News-free Press.

I called it the Detroit Free News Press.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: DandyDan on December 08, 2015, 04:40:38 AM
I worked at Pick 'n Save in high school, we called it Pick 'n Slave, not Picket. never thought of that. Clever.
Another now defunct grocery store I worked at called SuperSaver, we called SuperSlaver (sense a theme here?).
Walmart is called Wally World or Wal-fart. The employees are called Walmartians.
My brother worked at Burger King, he called it Booger Fling.
I worked at Menards too, but never had a name for it. My dad liked to pronounce it MAY-nerds.

I've heard Pizza Hut called Pizza Slut.
Along those lines, here in Omaha, there is a grocery store called Bag'n'Save, which my coworker, who used to work there, called Bag'n'Slave.  They also have Baker's grocery store, which gets called Faker's. 

Going way back, the small town my grandparent's lived in in Minnesota had a Clover Farm grocery store, but after the C went missing, my brother and I always referred to it as the Lover Farm.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 08, 2015, 05:31:13 AM
The Washington Redskins also known as "The Deadskins." 

My friend used to call the Winnipeg Jets NHL team "Lose-A-Peg" when they were not doing so well in season.

Then there is the "Aints" for the New Orleans Saints.
The "Yucks' for Tampa Bay Bucs.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on December 08, 2015, 06:19:46 AM
I like to call certain social network Fakebook.

I'm sure satyrical misspellings occur around the world. It won't be the first time I hear the Spanish network Telecinco being referred to as Telecirco ('Circo' means circus, so it's not hard to figure how it is :sombrero:)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on December 08, 2015, 09:19:20 AM
FAUX News
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Brandon on December 08, 2015, 09:55:15 AM
FAUX News

And PMSNBC.

Then there's...

The Hitler Channel for The History Channel when they first started.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: jp the roadgeek on December 08, 2015, 09:59:35 AM
The Washington Redskins also known as "The Deadskins." 

My friend used to call the Winnipeg Jets NHL team "Lose-A-Peg" when they were not doing so well in season.

Then there is the "Aints" for the New Orleans Saints.
The "Yucks' for Tampa Bay Bucs.

Adding some teams that I love or hate to this list that I use when I get mad or to make fun of:

The Bustin Red Sux
The New York Yankmees/Spankmees
The New England Patsies
The Buston Ruins
The Hartford Failers (old school)
The Bustin Suckits
UFraud Suckies
Puke Blue Devils
Dallas Cowgirls/Cowpokes

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bandit957 on December 08, 2015, 10:22:29 AM
I like to call certain social network Fakebook.

I call it Facepoo.

YouTube is known as YouPube.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on December 08, 2015, 12:19:12 PM

The Washington Redskins also known as "The Deadskins." 

My friend used to call the Winnipeg Jets NHL team "Lose-A-Peg" when they were not doing so well in season.

Then there is the "Aints" for the New Orleans Saints.
The "Yucks' for Tampa Bay Bucs.

There was a time a couple of decades ago when the Denver Nuggets were going full bore on offense and playing incredibly high scoring games, during which time I heard them called "Enver"—no D!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kkt on December 08, 2015, 12:26:23 PM
San Jose, Calif's paper the Mercury News is called the Murky News.
The Seattle Times is the Seattle Crimes because most of their "news" comes straight from police reports.
Jack in the Box => Gag in the Bag
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: DaBigE on December 08, 2015, 01:39:46 PM
FAUX News

Since we're going down that road...

CBS = See B S

NBC = Nothing But Crap

ABC = Always Broadcasting Crap
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on December 08, 2015, 01:58:23 PM
NBC = Nothing But Crap

Or "Never Been Crappier", courtesy of Homer Simpson.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US 41 on December 08, 2015, 02:01:17 PM

Then one user on here who does not like Golden Corral calls it "Olden Corral."


I've always referred to the Golden Corral as "The Chum Bucket." I think the Golden Corral is disgusting. My grandparents always wanted to eat there, until I talked them into eating at Bob Evans.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman on December 08, 2015, 02:43:07 PM
FAUX News

Since we're going down that road...

CBS = See B S

NBC = Nothing But Crap

ABC = Always Broadcasting Crap

UPN - Utterly Pathetic Network
WB - Why Bother

both of which merged to become

CW - Completely Worthless
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: GaryV on December 08, 2015, 04:52:58 PM
Detroit teams when they're not doing well:  The Dead Things (hockey) and the Dyin's (football).  Nothing comes to mind for the Tigers, except sometimes I've heard the Pussy Cats.  I can just imagine what they might call the Pistons.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Brandon on December 08, 2015, 05:12:15 PM
Detroit teams when they're not doing well:  The Dead Things (hockey) and the Dyin's (football).  Nothing comes to mind for the Tigers, except sometimes I've heard the Pussy Cats.  I can just imagine what they might call the Pistons.

Well, there are the Whining Weasels of Arrogant Asshole, sometimes known as skunk-bears or wolverines.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: SSOWorld on December 08, 2015, 05:33:43 PM
Burger King - mis-pronounced as Booger-King
Pizza Hut - Pizza Slut or Pizza Whore
Best Buy? no, worst buy
Menards? Mean-ards - They be so mean having you go to the opposite side of the parking lot to get back to your car.
Country Kitchen? Bitchin' Kitchen
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Big John on December 08, 2015, 05:40:43 PM
Crapplebees - Applebees
Outhouse - Outback
 
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Ian on December 08, 2015, 06:07:12 PM
A few I've heard (and sometimes use) up at school...

McDonald's = McDick's or McDank's
Aroma Joe's (regional coffee shop chain) = Aroma Hoe's
Tim Horton's = Timmy Ho or Timmy HoHo's
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: empirestate on December 08, 2015, 06:18:54 PM
Are there none of these that aren't pejorative?

What about places that have actually trademarked their nicknames, as I believe McDonald's has with "Mickey D's"? Did they invent that name, or just appropriate it?


iPhone
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on December 08, 2015, 06:27:00 PM

Are there none of these that aren't pejorative?

What about places that have actually trademarked their nicknames, as I believe McDonald's has with "Mickey D's"? Did they invent that name, or just appropriate it?

Pejorative was basically asked for in the OP's final paragraph.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: golden eagle on December 11, 2015, 11:22:06 PM
We used to have an old grocery store chain called Sack N Save. People I knew who worked there called it Sack N Slave.

I refer to Comcast as Dumbcast.
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Post by: jp the roadgeek on December 12, 2015, 12:57:13 AM
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods



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Post by: Big John on December 12, 2015, 01:17:36 AM
^^ I heard the previous 2 as Comcrash and Whole Paycheck.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kkt on December 12, 2015, 01:24:56 AM
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods

Whole Paycheck
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on December 12, 2015, 01:29:32 AM
Giant: Little
Walmart: Bawlmart
Dish: Fish
McDonalds: McWhoever-Goes-To-This-Place-Is-An-Idiot
Burger King: Turder Kin
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on December 13, 2015, 07:56:27 AM
About sports teams, I've referred to Athletic de Bilbao and Atlético de Madrid as Pathetic de Bilbao and Patético de Madrid respectively. And since today they are playing each other, I call that match 'The most pathetic [association] football match of Spain'. It's not the first time I make a parody of an association football match, as last month during the Clásico Real Madrid FC became Rosales FC while FC Barcelona became FC Rivas (Which ironically I placed in the Southeast suburbs of Madrid).
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: golden eagle on December 13, 2015, 03:43:12 PM
The local newspaper, the Clarion-Ledger, is often referred to as the Clarion-Liar. I've even heard conservatives call it the Clarion-Liberal.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 13, 2015, 04:38:27 PM
I used to like when Rush Limbaugh called CNN the Clinton News Network back when Bill was Commander In Chief.
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Post by: jp the roadgeek on December 13, 2015, 09:11:12 PM
MSLSD for MSNBC.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hbelkins on December 13, 2015, 10:41:11 PM
Speaking of sports teams, the Bengals = the Bungles.

I call the North Carolina Tar Heels the Tar Holes. And Marshall, a former Ohio Valley Conference rival of my alma mater, is the Blundering Turd instead of Thundering Herd. Back in the old SWC days, some Arkansas fans called Texas the Shorthorns.

And Duke is Dook, or Puke.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on December 13, 2015, 11:18:38 PM
I like to call the NY Yankees the Stankees as I am a die hard Met fan.

I know some Yankees fans like to say that the Mets deserve to play in Flushing!

Ah the friendly NY baseball team rivalry!  We had so much fun and probably New Yorkers still have such fun.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kurumi on December 14, 2015, 11:54:19 AM
Sentosa: So Expensive, Nothing To See Also. (But that was more than 10 years ago)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: empirestate on December 14, 2015, 12:05:11 PM
I like to call the NY Yankees the Stankees as I am a die hard Met fan.

Which Met? ;-)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1995hoo on December 14, 2015, 08:00:51 PM
I'd forgotten about this one since their restaurants around here closed within the past few years: Ruddfuckers (I suppose it could be construed as a sort of spoonerism, but I've always heard it said intentionally).

I have the hockey game on TV now. The opponent? The Pittsburgh Penis (derived from their fans' use of "Pens"). They share a state with a baseball team, the Philthies.

In a similar vein, I've heard Maryland's teams referred to as the Twerps and the Turds and the school itself referred to as Fairyland or College Spark (the latter referring to their peculiar habit, shared with WVU, of burning couches and the like after big basketball wins).
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: mhh on December 14, 2015, 08:08:13 PM
Based on personal experience I refer to Best Buy as Worst Customer Service.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: english si on December 15, 2015, 09:11:48 AM
Some, though I'm drawing some blanks as many shops and sports teams officially adopt the nicknames they get called. I'm going to ignore abbreviations (eg "Maccy D's", "'spoons", "Marks & Sparks", etc) There needs to be some sort of negative vibe from it for them not to.

"Chelski" for Chelsea FC, reflecting their Russian money.

"Primarni" for Primark (which is meant to be pronounced pri-mark, but everyone pronounces prim-ark), the super cheap clothing chain, making it up-market sounding by merging it with Armani

"SleasyJet" for EasyJet, a low cost airline (other, spin-off, brands get the same treatment).

"Worst Group" or "Last Group" for First Group, who run buses, trains, etc with First <name of franchise/area where buses run>. eg Worst Capital Connect, Last Great Western Trains...

The long names of railways gave them lots of nicknames from the initials (never good ones), but those companies are long defunct.

"Kentucky Fried Cat" for KFC

Newspapers:
"The Gaurinaud" for The Guardian. As it was printed in Manchester, the typos of earlier editions were sent to London, whereas other papers were the other way around, and so Londoners only got frequent typos in that paper.

"The Torygraph" for The Telegraph, as it is a vocal supporter of the Conservative Party.

"The Daily Wail" for The Daily Mail, as it constantly scaremongering.

"The Why" for The i[/url], a paper aimed at the Buzzfeed crowd, consisting of a shortened version containing the most clickbaity articles from The Independent: a misnamed paper (I guess it isn't partisan, though gone are the token editorials that disagree with the main editorial stance that it used to have) that is the leftist snobby version of the Wail: alarmist, superior, incredibly biased. Somehow it sells enough to not be so embarrassingly loss making that the parent company has to pull the paper, but not enough to be on people's radar enough that the nickname is ever used (I'm sure I've seen someone else use it and didn't just make it up).
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kurumi on December 15, 2015, 11:12:54 AM
I like to call the NY Yankees the Stankees as I am a die hard Met fan.

Which Met? ;-)

Maybe the manager, Terry Collin.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: GCrites80s on December 15, 2015, 08:27:09 PM

"Chelski" for Chelsea FC, reflecting their Russian money.



Similarly, the "New York Nyets" for Nets
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US 41 on December 15, 2015, 09:29:48 PM
Unfortunately my favorite NFL Team often gets called the "Bungals" rather than Bengals.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: iowahighways on December 15, 2015, 10:44:01 PM
The infamous Kum & Go (C-store chain in the Midwest) = "Ejaculate & Evacuate"
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: mhh on December 16, 2015, 11:39:07 PM
Detroit teams when they're not doing well:  The Dead Things (hockey) and the Dyin's (football).  Nothing comes to mind for the Tigers, except sometimes I've heard the Pussy Cats.  I can just imagine what they might call the Pistons.

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: DandyDan on December 17, 2015, 07:55:07 AM
The infamous Kum & Go (C-store chain in the Midwest) = "Ejaculate & Evacuate"
I have a buddy who used to work for them and he always called them "Kame and Went", apparently because of high employee turnover ("They came and they went").
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: SSOWorld on December 18, 2015, 06:25:40 AM
Unfortunately my favorite NFL Team often gets called the "Bungals" rather than Bengals.

List of the popular ones:
* Colts ==> Dolts
* Buccaneers ==> Yuckaneers (I'll echo that for the Milwaukee NBA team)
* Titans -- mispronounce and you "get crap past the radar"
* DA BEARS
* Vikings ==> Viqueens
* I've seen Lie-Downs for the Lions - and it's the truth - who else has led for the whole game and lost?
* Ravens (according to a broadcaster) - The Recycled Browns - in fact I've heard a team that moved and had its name changed be called the Recycled <insert old team name here>

Off the subject of sports to gas stations:
* I'd like to call Kwik Trip the "Self-Serve Gas Verification store" since the clerks have to verify if you have purchased fuel.  Due to their [lack of] enthusiasm, their question becomes "any gas out there?" -- cue sarcastic (often rude) responses.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: halork on December 18, 2015, 07:21:04 AM
Burger King = Beaker's
TCF Bank = Tasty Chicken Feet or TLA Bank
Wells Fargo = Smells Fargo
King Sooper's = King Stupid's

Then the combination fast-food locations make for all sorts of fun:
KFC&W, Long John Silver Bells,  Pizza Bell, Taco Hut, Long John Sanders, etc.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: spooky on December 21, 2015, 07:18:03 AM
* Ravens (according to a broadcaster) - The Recycled Browns - in fact I've heard a team that moved and had its name changed be called the Recycled <insert old team name here>

I refer to the Ravens as the Purple Browns. The NFL did a good job of retconning that whole relocation/expansion, although it bothers my sense of historical accuracy.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on December 25, 2015, 10:54:26 AM
I actually transliterate several social networks into Spanish: Twitter becomes 'Tuiter', Whatsapp becomes 'Guasap' and Facebook would be 'Feisbuk' if I had not adopted Fakebook as I mentioned earlier.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: slorydn1 on December 31, 2015, 03:24:42 AM
For us (my wife and I):

Burger King=Booger Queen
Taco Bell=Taco Hell
Pizza Hut=Pizza Slut, or the Slut for short
NBC=Nothing But Commercials (long time NASCAR fans can relate)
Fox News=Faux News
CNN=Communist News Network
Any convenience store with Stop 'n Shop in the name= ____________ Stop 'n Rob

and most importantly, although not a business or entity, but an automobile, as a Mustang owner I feel it's germaine:

Chevy Slowmaro (I kid because I care!)
 :happy:
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: PHLBOS on December 31, 2015, 01:58:59 PM
Note: some of these I've heard, not actually worked for nor patronized.

McDonalds => McDog Food (from a friend of my brother's)

McDonalds => the Scottish restaurant (from my father)

Johnson & Wales College/University => Johnson & Jails (from a friend that transferred from there)

Roger Williams (then College, now University) => Roger Dodger Day Care Center (this one dates back to the Vietnam War era)

First Union Bank/Center/Spectrum => F.U. moniker

UMass => ZooMass

Harvard University => "The Massachusetts Institute for Snobbery" - Capt. B.F. "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda)

Philadelphia Eagles => Philadelphia Beagles (front cover on Philadelphia Daily News several years ago)

Dallas Cowboys => Dallas Cowgirls

New England Patriots => New England Fakeriots (my brother used this one back during the Steve Grogan era)

Ford Fairmont => Ford Poor-mont (from my brother)

If the China Sails restaurant in Salem, MA were still around; I'm sure somebody who had poor service would call it China Fails.

US Airways => Useless Airways or Scareways

Northwest Airlines => Northworst Airlines

AirTran => Air Trash

Allegheny Airlines => Agony Airlines (real old one here)

Northeast Airlines => Yellowbird (really old one)

Southwest Airlines => Greyhound of the sky (at least from the 80s to early 2000s)

Eveready (batteries) => Neveready (1973 Wacky-Packages parody)

Dave & Buster's => Kiddie Casino (at least that's what I think of it as)

Sky Chefs (airline catering company) => Sky Thieves (this one's been around since the late 50s)

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Bruce on January 03, 2016, 05:36:25 PM
The Seattle Times = The Suburban Times, because it shows bias against urbanist ideals (e.g. endorsing no votes on mass transit)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman on January 04, 2016, 01:15:56 PM
Quote
Northeast Airlines => Yellowbird (really old one)

Yellowbird was actually used in a marketing campaign by Northeast (Yellowbird - we make your vacation fun.  Yellowbird - our service is number one!).
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: PHLBOS on January 04, 2016, 04:57:49 PM
Quote
Northeast Airlines => Yellowbird (really old one)

Yellowbird was actually used in a marketing campaign by Northeast (Yellowbird - we make your vacation fun.  Yellowbird - our service is number one!).
Their final color/livery scheme just prior to its merging with Delta actually featured YELLOWBIRD lettering underneath the NE logo on the vertical tailfin.
Title: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 04, 2016, 06:16:02 PM
On the subject of travel, the brand name of the train that takes five hours to get from Boston to Albany on a good day is not-so-fondly known as the Late Shore Limited.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on January 04, 2016, 08:46:17 PM
UALR: University of Arkansas- Little Rock
"University of Arkansas- Last Resort

UAFS: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
"U-fiss"
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hm insulators on January 20, 2016, 06:57:03 PM
Many years ago my brother used to call Jack in the Box "biscuit in the bag." I call it "Crap in the Box," while years ago a schoolmate called it "Junk in the Box."

I call Facebook "Farcebook."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Buck87 on January 20, 2016, 08:18:23 PM
Pizza Rut

Value Shitty Furniture

PeeNC Bank

Shittsburgh Squealers

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on January 23, 2016, 08:48:02 PM
I used to like the old Ford Motor Car acronym that was used in the 80's: Found On The Road Dead.  Then my cousin once came up with Fix Or Repair Daily. Back in the late 80's Ford cars were not too good in the dependability department, hence the rise in Nissan and Toyota sales of that decade.
 
For the NY Yankees to me will always be the Stankees.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 23, 2016, 09:42:39 PM

I used to like the old Ford Motor Car acronym that was used in the 80's: Found On The Road Dead.  Then my cousin once came up with Fix Or Repair Daily.

This recalls FIAT's reputation for not standing for "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino," but rather "Fix It Again, Tony."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: vtk on February 28, 2016, 02:34:38 PM
My grampa worked for GM for 40 years, so of course I grew up knowing "Found On Road Dead" and "Fix Or Repair Daily". I've also heard "F*cker Only Runs Downhill", and one that I won't repeat because it's positive for the brand.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Max Rockatansky on February 28, 2016, 08:01:42 PM
Target in a really bad neighborhood I traversed once upon a time:  Targhetto

What the worst and most lazy person I ever met called Applebee's:  Crapplebee's
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Zeffy on February 29, 2016, 07:09:43 AM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -> Horrible current generation teenagers
New York City -> New Fork City

...What?
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: slorydn1 on February 29, 2016, 05:11:37 PM
My grampa worked for GM for 40 years, so of course I grew up knowing "Found On Road Dead" and "Fix Or Repair Daily". I've also heard "F*cker Only Runs Downhill", and one that I won't repeat because it's positive for the brand.

You mean First On Race Day. There, I said it for you. :sombrero:
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on February 29, 2016, 05:29:46 PM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -> Horrible current generation teenagers
New York City -> New Fork City

...What?
I'm an idiot...those aren't businesses!!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: OracleUsr on February 29, 2016, 08:54:46 PM
Several:

The Burger King on Battleground in Greensboro, NC, was known at my alma mater as the "BK Lounge"

Not to mention the nicknames of several Harris Teeter stores (Taj Mateeter, Trump Teeter, etc.)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kkt on February 29, 2016, 08:56:31 PM
MIT: Miserable Institute of Torment
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 29, 2016, 09:20:31 PM
Any school named after JFK: Jail For Kids
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: slorydn1 on March 01, 2016, 09:41:07 AM
Several:

The Burger King on Battleground in Greensboro, NC, was known at my alma mater as the "BK Lounge"

Not to mention the nicknames of several Harris Teeter stores (Taj Mateeter, Trump Teeter, etc.)




Or Hairy Tweezer over here in eastern NC.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: catch22 on March 01, 2016, 12:24:48 PM
A good friend of mine refers to "Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis" (IUPUI) as "Ooey Pooey."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: paulthemapguy on March 01, 2016, 02:46:39 PM
Steak 'n' Shake is called Mistake 'n' Shake.
(old quote is old)

AWESOME!  So I'm not the only one who has made this joke!

McDonald's is Mack Daddy's.  Wendy's is "Freckle-b**ch's", a reference to the Saints Row games.
DSW is "Dick Suck Warehouse."  Wal-Mart is Wallyworld (hardly original).    Chipotle is "Chipottle" (rhymes with bottle).  Applebee's is Crapplebee's.  Taco Bell is Taco Hell (not original either).  Cracker Barrel is Crapper Barrel.  And BP is "bull piss."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Buck87 on March 01, 2016, 03:03:44 PM
Target in a really bad neighborhood I traversed once upon a time:  Targhetto

I've heard the same for Kroger (Kroghetto)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on March 01, 2016, 03:21:33 PM
Using actual business names this time:

Pizza Hut -> Pizza Stuff (it's not even real pizza)
Wendy's -> Weenies (small portions man)
McDonalds -> FuckDonalds (excuse my profane language, but their food is so bad I had to do that)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hbelkins on March 01, 2016, 04:01:18 PM
Ford -- F'ing Old Rebuilt Dodge.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Henry on March 03, 2016, 10:22:35 AM
Wells Fargo=Wells Farstop
Bank of America=Bank of Amerifraud
BB&T=BS&P
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Zeffy on March 03, 2016, 10:57:35 PM
Capital One = Crapital None (thanks to how I was treated applying for a basic ass credit card)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kkt on March 03, 2016, 11:31:06 PM
Capital One = Crapital None (thanks to how I was treated applying for a basic ass credit card)

They were doing you a favor.  They don't treat their longtime customers any better than applicants no credit history.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Henry on March 04, 2016, 10:35:55 AM
Capital One = Crapital None (thanks to how I was treated applying for a basic ass credit card)

They were doing you a favor.  They don't treat their longtime customers any better than applicants no credit history.

:rofl: Totally forgot about that one!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: slorydn1 on March 04, 2016, 01:28:40 PM
Oh and how did we forget those college degrees (for those who have passed a scientific course of study):

Bull Shit
More Shit
Piled higher and Deeper
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: cl94 on March 04, 2016, 03:07:35 PM
Alright, some New York ones:

-Price Chopper: Ghetto Chopper (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Ghetto+Chopper).  A Google Maps search for "ghetto chopper" brings you to the one on Delaware Avenue in Albany.
-New Way Lunch (hot dog place in Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George): Dirty John's. Hot dogs are referred to as "dirt dogs" by locals.
-Hot Dog Charlie's and Famous Lunch (Troy/Capital District): I've heard it referred to as "hairy arms" from how hot dogs used to be lined up one's arms to put sauce on
-Six Flags Great Escape: Storyland (name before the company that is now Six Flags bought it)
-BW3: Buffalo Wild Wings. Used to be "...and Weck", hence the "W3"
-Walmart: "Smallmart" for small locations in Buffalo, specifically the Lancaster Supercenter that is smaller than a typical non-Supercenter location.
-First Niagara Center: F'N Center
-Cumberland Farms: Cumbies
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Zeffy on March 04, 2016, 09:34:07 PM
Capital One = Crapital None (thanks to how I was treated applying for a basic ass credit card)

They were doing you a favor.  They don't treat their longtime customers any better than applicants no credit history.

Which is unfortunate, because the reviews for almost all of their credit cards were at least 4 1/4 stars or higher... I went to US Bank instead and they accommodated me nicely.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Rothman on March 05, 2016, 12:20:22 AM

-Six Flags Great Escape: Storyland (name before the company that is now Six Flags bought it)


I believe there was a period where it was just The Great Escape (after Storyland, before Six Flags).  I visited it for the first time during that period.  Had a green coaster out front with a few inversions.  Forget what it was called (I don't believe it's still there).
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: jp the roadgeek on March 05, 2016, 12:18:26 PM

-Six Flags Great Escape: Storyland (name before the company that is now Six Flags bought it)


I believe there was a period where it was just The Great Escape (after Storyland, before Six Flags).  I visited it for the first time during that period.  Had a green coaster out front with a few inversions.  Forget what it was called (I don't believe it's still there).

The Steamin Demon I think it was called. My dad rode it, but I was only 8 and I didn't.  Used to go there when I was a kid and The Great Escape name was still new.

BTW, I still call Six Flags New England Riverside Park.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: noelbotevera on March 05, 2016, 12:22:42 PM
Hersheypark -> Adverts Park (basically a large advertisement scheme to get people to love Hershey's chocolate. Propaganda is all over the place. great roller coasters and park overall though)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: cl94 on March 05, 2016, 04:50:18 PM

-Six Flags Great Escape: Storyland (name before the company that is now Six Flags bought it)


I believe there was a period where it was just The Great Escape (after Storyland, before Six Flags).  I visited it for the first time during that period.  Had a green coaster out front with a few inversions.  Forget what it was called (I don't believe it's still there).

The Steamin Demon I think it was called. My dad rode it, but I was only 8 and I didn't.  Used to go there when I was a kid and The Great Escape name was still new.

It was for a while. Many locals (as in Warren County) still called it Storyland. We had season passes when I lived 5 minutes away. Went there a couple nights a week during the summer. This was well before they started charging for parking.

Speaking of Steamin Demon, it's so lame that Six Flags is trying to spice it up with a name change and  a "virtual reality experience" (https://www.sixflags.com/greatescape/attractions/vr/overview). Yeah...
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on March 05, 2016, 05:25:26 PM
On the note of theme park name changes:

Nickelodeon Universe (Mall of America) -> Camp Snoopy (before the agreement was not renewed between the mall and Cedar Fair). Another local amusement park, Valleyfair later contracted to have some Peanuts-themed attractions at their park.

Some guy from Philadelphia on another board corrected me for calling it Camp Snoopy after the rebrand. I wanted to reach through the computer and slap him.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: thenetwork on March 05, 2016, 07:33:54 PM
When I was 16, there were pretty much only 2 places in the area you could work:  Burger King or McDonalds.   Back then you only had to say if you worked for "the King" or "the Clown".  I worked for the latter -- the real clown was the manager!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Darkchylde on March 08, 2016, 10:31:34 AM
My grandmother for the longest time called Burger King "Lottaburger."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: vtk on March 28, 2016, 03:52:19 PM
Capital One = Crapital None (thanks to how I was treated applying for a basic ass credit card)

They were doing you a favor.  They don't treat their longtime customers any better than applicants no credit history.

Which is unfortunate, because the reviews for almost all of their credit cards were at least 4 1/4 stars or higher... I went to US Bank instead and they accommodated me nicely.

If you can get a credit card from a local credit union, you'll get a much better APR.

Trying to bring this back on topic, but I don't think I ever came up with nicknames for my credit union's current or former name, nor the big banks I've dealt with… oh wait, I do have something.  When PNC acquired National City Bank, which had a large presence here, the local news mentioned PNC is based in Pittsburgh. So naturally, in my head PNC stands for Pittsburgh National City.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bmorrill on March 28, 2016, 06:41:37 PM
Back in the 80s, NCNB (the bank) became known as No Cash for NoBody because of their lending practices
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bmorrill on March 28, 2016, 06:45:25 PM
There was a muffler shop for many years here in town owned by a man named Marvin Philips, widely referred to as "Starvin' Marvin's".
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bmorrill on March 28, 2016, 06:57:07 PM
Taco Bell: Toxic Hell, Taco Smell

In the late 70s a Taco Bueno was built next to the dealership I worked at. The smell when they started cooking early in the morning was, to say the least, stomach-turning. We called it the Chihuahua-Burger and Guacamole-on-a-stick stand, and claimed that all the stray cats and dogs in the neighborhood had suddenly disappeared. :sombrero:

Didn't last long.Became a bicycle shop for a while and is now a Chinese restaurant. Same joke applies.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1995hoo on March 28, 2016, 07:38:27 PM
Ford -- F'ing Old Rebuilt Dodge.

My first car back in high school was a '77 Ford Granada. I told people I drove a Rolls. A Rolls Canardly.

Rolls down one hill and can 'ardly make up the next.



The restaurant discussion reminds me of a place that used to be on 12 Street NW in DC, the Golden Restaurant. It was the stereotypical Chinese restaurant with broken English (the menu said "WE DELIVERY" on the front) and the place was an absolute dump, ceiling ready to cave in from caked-on grease and the like. Everyone at the place where I worked back then called it the Golden Rat.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: briantroutman on March 28, 2016, 10:01:42 PM
'77 Ford Granada.

I wasn’t alive at the time, but looking back, I’m stunned at how many imbecilic ads Ford ran trying to compare the Granada to the Mercedes-Benz 280. Did they actually think people were that dense? Other than being a similar size and color, the two look nothing alike.

This was just one of many.

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: bmorrill on March 28, 2016, 10:02:37 PM

Ford -- F'ing Old Rebuilt Dodge.

Poor Old N.....r, Thinks It's A Cadillac for Pontiac? :rolleyes:

Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1995hoo on March 28, 2016, 10:22:34 PM
Ford -- F'ing Old Rebuilt Dodge.

Poor Old N.....r, Thinks It's A Cadillac for Pontiac? :rolleyes:



Why is that quotation being attributed to me?
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: PHLBOS on March 30, 2016, 04:07:28 PM
'77 Ford Granada.

I wasn’t alive at the time, but looking back, I’m stunned at how many imbecilic ads Ford ran trying to compare the Granada to the Mercedes-Benz 280. Did they actually think people were that dense? Other than being a similar size and color, the two look nothing alike.

This was just one of many.


That's actually a '78 Granada advertisement not a '76 (per the YouTube caption).  The Granadas through '77 had single round headlights.

Here's a '76 Granada:
(http://mustangattitude.com/mustang/1976/1976_00061_05.jpg)

The rear deck changed a tad for '78 as well; here's a shot of the '76s ('75-'77 were identical) rear deck:
(http://www.automobile-catalog.com/img/picto28h/ford_usa/1976-ford-granada-02.jpg)

The earlier models ('75-'77) had more similar styling ques copied off a Mercedes than the later models ('78-'80).  You may find it hard to believe but those first-generation Granadas were a sales success for Ford.  It offered features & options, back then, that were only offered on larger vehicles.  Plus, the boxy roof line allowed for a roomy (for its size) cabin.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: ftballfan on May 18, 2016, 09:47:30 PM
Jewel (as in Jewel-Osco): Joke.
Speedway: Greedway.
I also call Speedway Greedway, as they set gas prices around here.

Here goes:
Bungalow (very popular hometown restaurant): Bunghole
KMart: KFart
Western Michigan University: Wastern
Michigan State University: Little Brother
KFC: Chicken House
Comcast: Comcrap
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Max Rockatansky on May 18, 2016, 09:55:35 PM
Jewel (as in Jewel-Osco): Joke.
Speedway: Greedway.
I also call Speedway Greedway, as they set gas prices around here.

Here goes:
Bungalow (very popular hometown restaurant): Bunghole
KMart: KFart
Western Michigan University: Wastern
Michigan State University: Little Brother
KFC: Chicken House
Comcast: Comcrap

How about Moo U instead of MSU?  That was usually one of my favorite insults for Michigan State Grads back during my U of M days.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: thenetwork on May 19, 2016, 01:09:59 AM
iHeart Radio/Media = iHate Radio -- seeing how they took once-glorified stations, guttted them of their live and local personalities and installed 200 song playlists.   Glad to see that they will be gone within the next few years due to their bankruptcy in the Billions!!!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: vtk on May 19, 2016, 11:51:10 AM
iHeart Radio/Media = iHate Radio -- seeing how they took once-glorified stations, guttted them of their live and local personalities and installed 200 song playlists.   Glad to see that they will be gone within the next few years due to their bankruptcy in the Billions!!!

At least their "we play anything" stations seem to have a reasonably long playlist.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: ftballfan on May 19, 2016, 04:59:25 PM
iHeart Radio/Media = iHate Radio -- seeing how they took once-glorified stations, guttted them of their live and local personalities and installed 200 song playlists.   Glad to see that they will be gone within the next few years due to their bankruptcy in the Billions!!!
Also heard iFart. However, there's one case of a station near me that iHeart could run BETTER than the current owner
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: sparker on May 29, 2016, 02:25:09 AM
When I was in college (late '60's/early '70's) the common referral for a specific fast food chain was "Jack in the Crack".  My ex also regularly referred to the same place as "Cock in the Box" (a female has a better chance of getting away with that sort of reference).  She also called Arby's fare "the meat not found in nature" -- and had a rather crude but visually appropriate term (you can sort of guess the general nature of such) for their "horsey" white horseradish sauce!
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Max Rockatansky on May 29, 2016, 11:13:24 AM
I tend to call the Coca-Cola 600 the World 600....  Race track sponsorship be damned....figured that would fit with the Memorial Day weekend motif.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1 on November 19, 2019, 06:48:58 AM
I work at Stop & Shop. Here are some of the items we sell:

Expired Drinks (Kombucha and a few others; they have a tendency not to be sold in time)
Elmer Fudge (E. L. Fudge)
Lawsuit Cereal (Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes)
Fire King (Pyrex; the brand has denied this etymology)
Adobe (Adobo)
Brown Poupon (Grey Poupon)
Bush's Second Worst (Bush's Best)
Pantene and Pastene: switch the two
Shiba (Sheba)
Kit Kat and Kat Kit: switch the two
GLaD (Glad trash bags; capitalization based on GLaDOS)
LOL (Land O' Lakes; based on the bar code description)

No specific nicknames, but can be made fun of:

"Deluxe American cheese" is an oxymoron, as is "fat free half & half"
Malta India comes from neither country
Stoned Wheat Thins are Wheat Thins that get you stoned.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: LM117 on November 19, 2019, 02:06:37 PM
Food Lion: Shitty Kitty
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman on November 19, 2019, 02:18:13 PM
'77 Ford Granada.

I wasn’t alive at the time, but looking back, I’m stunned at how many imbecilic ads Ford ran trying to compare the Granada to the Mercedes-Benz 280. Did they actually think people were that dense? Other than being a similar size and color, the two look nothing alike.

This was just one of many.


That's actually a '78 Granada advertisement not a '76 (per the YouTube caption).  The Granadas through '77 had single round headlights.

Here's a '76 Granada:
(http://mustangattitude.com/mustang/1976/1976_00061_05.jpg)

The rear deck changed a tad for '78 as well; here's a shot of the '76s ('75-'77 were identical) rear deck:
(http://www.automobile-catalog.com/img/picto28h/ford_usa/1976-ford-granada-02.jpg)

The earlier models ('75-'77) had more similar styling ques copied off a Mercedes than the later models ('78-'80).  You may find it hard to believe but those first-generation Granadas were a sales success for Ford.  It offered features & options, back then, that were only offered on larger vehicles.  Plus, the boxy roof line allowed for a roomy (for its size) cabin.

The joke about new Ford Granadas was "How many empty Coke bottles did you find in YOUR trunk?"
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: OracleUsr on November 21, 2019, 12:11:12 AM
My dad used to call Burger King "Burger Doodle" and McDonalds "PicDonalds"

(my parents were trying to be vegetarian when I was growing up...emphasis on "trying")
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: ce929wax on November 21, 2019, 02:03:37 AM
Little Sleazers for Little Caesars, Wal-Fart for Wal-Mart, Pizza Slut for Pizza Hut. 
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: paulthemapguy on November 21, 2019, 09:23:13 AM
All the common crummy pizza chains:

Pizza Butt
Vomino's
Little Sleazer's
Poopoo John's
And the worst of them all, Cici's, has been renamed "Feces Pizza"

With that being said, I actually like Domino's lol
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Rushmeister on November 21, 2019, 12:30:54 PM
Can't believe this one hasn't appeared yet...

Ticketmaster = Ticket Bastard
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kphoger on November 21, 2019, 01:38:51 PM
My wife and I call McDonald's "Big Donald's" because that's how my daughter used to say it when she was little.  Similarly, Papa Murphy's is "Puffin Murphy's" because that's how one of our sons used to say it.

I call Wal-Mart "Mall-Wart" as a simple spoonerism.  Occasionally, I'll hark back to my college days and pronounce Target as if it were French.

I once had a co-worker whose grandmother erroneously called Dollar General "General Dollar" every single time, as if it were someone's name.

There are myriad instances of people adding 's to the end of business names in error.  I hear "Aldi's" a lot and, back in Chicago, I used to hear "Jewel's" as well.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Big John on November 21, 2019, 02:00:59 PM
I heard McDonald's being called Mac and Dons.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: hbelkins on November 21, 2019, 04:03:59 PM
I once had a co-worker whose grandmother erroneously called Dollar General "General Dollar" every single time, as if it were someone's name.

Lots of old-timers around here call it that as well.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: catch22 on November 21, 2019, 04:06:56 PM
When Pizza Hut updated their logo a few years ago, my wife commented that it looked just like a fedora.

So now we refer to it as "Pizza Hat."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: paulthemapguy on November 21, 2019, 04:48:16 PM
I call McDonald's "Mac Daddy's."
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: ozarkman417 on November 21, 2019, 08:25:31 PM
Silver Dollar City (a theme park in Branson) is known in my family as "Steal your Dollar City". Dollar General is known as "civilization" as every small town around here seems to be getting one.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Scott5114 on November 21, 2019, 09:43:41 PM
Silver Dollar City (a theme park in Branson) is known in my family as "Steal your Dollar City".

Heard that one a lot when I lived in Springfield. I thought it was hilarious at the time, having moved there from Oklahoma.

It was pretty amusing as an outsider how many people in Springfield would jump at the chance to make fun of Branson if given the slightest opportunity.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: A.J. Bertin on November 21, 2019, 10:33:07 PM
I sometimes refer to McDonald's as "McPennywise's"... taking two creepy clowns (Pennywise from Stephen King's "It" and, of course, Ronald McDonald) and lumping them together into one freaky combination. LOL
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: GenExpwy on November 22, 2019, 02:52:24 AM
My brother, for a while, would get the vegetable cream cheese from Bruegger’s Bagels. One day when we were out shopping, I said, “Booger’s? Oh yeah, that’s right, cream cheese.”
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kphoger on November 22, 2019, 02:18:40 PM
Silver Dollar City (a theme park in Branson) is known in my family as "Steal your Dollar City".

I've never paid full price to get in.

My wife grew up in Branson, and the Herschends are/were family friends of hers.  Their daughter was the flower girl at our wedding, for example.  So, several times, my wife and I have simply been given free tickets to Silver Dollar City directly from the owners.

Failing that, however, we've always been able to piggyback on someone in town.  Locals have long had access to discounted admission at Silver Dollar City, with a local paycheck stub functioning as proof of residency.  Over the last couple of decades, they've tightened the screws on how loosey-goosey that system is, but my wife and I have always managed to find a way.  Sometimes, it means getting tickets from the friend of a co-worker of a relative—but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Title: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: lepidopteran on January 10, 2022, 12:58:51 AM
What are some common nicknames for retail businesses?

Some of the more popular ones are...
I often refer to Baskin-Robbins as "Batman and Robin's", though few others seem to do so.

Of those businesses no longer around, in brick-and-mortar form anyway…
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 10, 2022, 02:01:59 AM
Burger King: Burger Doodle
Dunkin (Donuts): D & D’s, Dunk’s
Taco Bell: Toxic Smell
Cumberland Farms: Cumby’s
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods
Marshall’s: marSHAL’s
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Bruce on January 10, 2022, 03:00:36 AM
Grocery Outlet, a discount grocer out on the West Coast and for some reason Pennsylvania, is commonly known as "Gross Out". Admittedly some of its produce is pretty gross, but the normal goods are good enough but usually near their printed expiration date.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 10, 2022, 03:09:24 AM
Taco Bell: Toxic Smell

Taco Hell is also fairly common.

Erbert & Gerbert's - Erbs & Gerbs
Noodles & Company - just Noodles
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: 1 on January 10, 2022, 07:21:04 AM
Existing thread (https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16983)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 10, 2022, 08:09:16 AM
I already mentioned back in the day I know Facebook as "Fakebook".

Then there are the former names of businesses still widely used. There's a grocery chain local to me that is still widely known as "Aldi" despite not having had that name for 20 years now and not having relation with the German chain either.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: NWI_Irish96 on January 10, 2022, 08:22:11 AM
What are some common nicknames for retail businesses?

  • Kroger (grocery) -> Kay-Roger's


When I was in grad school, I had an Asian friend who had recently learned English, and he pronounced Kroger with a soft 'g' instead of a hard 'g' [because when you learn English as a second language you learn that a 'g' before an 'e' is a soft 'g'] and I've pronounced it the same way ever since.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: LM117 on January 10, 2022, 08:30:44 AM
  • Target -> Tar-Zhay (think of Target with a French accent)

Tarzan?
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: 7/8 on January 10, 2022, 09:08:49 AM
Tim Horton's => Timmies

I remember on my Grade 8 field trip to Quebec City, the tour guide called McDonald's "The American Embassy" and tried to discourage us from eating there (in favour of local options), but I remember going there at least once on the trip. :-D
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: hbelkins on January 10, 2022, 10:10:21 AM
J.C. Pennay
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: BlueOutback7 on January 10, 2022, 10:24:12 AM
Legal Sea Foods is often called just Legal.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: JoePCool14 on January 10, 2022, 11:31:35 AM
Where I go to university in Wisconsin, people refer to grocery chain Piggly-Wiggly as "The Pig".
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: roadman65 on January 10, 2022, 11:51:49 AM
Mick Mack for McDonalds.
White Rats for White Castle.
Olden Corral for Golden Corral

Steak and Wait for Steak and Shake (as I often have to wait long for food there)
Ache and Stale for defunct Steak & Ale
Dismal World for Disney World
Tragic Kingdom is the name the Disney Employees call the famed theme park Magic Kingdom
XL  One oh Shit  point 7 the Orlando Radio Station Called XL 106.7.  Redundant songs from a short playlist.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Molandfreak on January 10, 2022, 12:20:20 PM
Crapplebee’s
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: bandit957 on January 10, 2022, 12:23:59 PM
Some kid in grade school used to say McDoodle's.

I remember when people used to say Stinko's for Kinko's. People also used to say Flubway for Subway.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: vdeane on January 10, 2022, 12:59:49 PM
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods
I remember I used to hear Whole Paycheck.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: frankenroad on January 10, 2022, 01:00:26 PM
What are some common nicknames for retail businesses?

Some of the more popular ones are...
  • McDonald's -> Mickey D's
  • Wal-Mart -> Wally World
  • Target -> Tar-Zhay (think of Target with a French accent)
  • Kroger (grocery) -> Kay-Roger's


I live in Cincinnati, where Kroger is headquartered, and I have NEVER heard anyone call it Kay-Rogers.  A lot of people do call it KrogerS, which drives some other people crazy.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: bandit957 on January 10, 2022, 01:01:24 PM
Anyone remember "Kro for it"?
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: 1 on January 10, 2022, 01:04:20 PM
iHateRadio and Audacity
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: SkyPesos on January 10, 2022, 01:09:31 PM
Not a popular one, but I sometimes call Walmart “Malwart” or “Walfart”
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: CoreySamson on January 10, 2022, 03:45:45 PM
Waterburger (I hear this quite a lot, but it's said out of fondness, not out of hate)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 10, 2022, 03:51:27 PM
XL  One oh Shit  point 7 the Orlando Radio Station Called XL 106.7.  Redundant songs from a short playlist.

Well, in CT we have We Play (a) Lotta Repeats (WPLR), and used to have Copy Copy Copy (WCCC).
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Big John on January 10, 2022, 08:06:10 PM
Mac and Don's
Hardly's
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Big John on January 10, 2022, 08:10:28 PM
Where I go to university in Wisconsin, people refer to grocery chain Piggly-Wiggly as "The Pig".
Their ads say "Shop the Pig."
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Takumi on January 10, 2022, 08:28:26 PM
I hear Wawa often pronounced as “Wawa’s.”

A local car show used to be held weekly at a shopping center that had a Cato Fashions, and was widely known as the “Cato’s” meet.

I tongue-in-cheek refer to a local car importer as Japanese Cheapskates. (Buy a Toyota, they said. They don’t have problems like Nissans, they said.)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: JoePCool14 on January 11, 2022, 11:28:56 AM
Where I go to university in Wisconsin, people refer to grocery chain Piggly-Wiggly as "The Pig".
Their ads say "Shop the Pig."

Never knew that. I don't really see any ads from them.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: triplemultiplex on January 11, 2022, 11:39:01 AM
iHateRadio

Oh come on, a better name is staring ya in the face:
iFartRadio.

Where I go to university in Wisconsin, people refer to grocery chain Piggly-Wiggly as "The Pig".
Their ads say "Shop the Pig."

Never knew that. I don't really see any ads from them.

Listen to a Packer game on the radio.  Then you'll hear one. ;)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: ErmineNotyours on January 12, 2022, 01:23:04 AM
I tried out a new Blockbusters when I move to my current city.  They claimed I never returned certain videos, even though one of them was back on the shelf.  I never went there again and referred to them as "Cocksuckers".  And now they're out of business.  Couldn't happen to a better company.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: webny99 on January 12, 2022, 08:19:38 AM
Tim Horton's => Timmies

That one has made it's way across the border as well. Not sure if we picked it up from Canada or if it happened more organically... but it fits either way!  :)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: roadman65 on January 13, 2022, 11:34:06 AM
I am surprised the Convenience Store Chain Kum and Go don’t get nicknamed due to the porn slang of the first part of the name.

Then Sheetz in VA and NC and parts of PA and WV, get named Shitz due to some not liking their products and such. Though I had their pizza in Smithfield , NC and I have to say not bad for a convenience store.

Then Run From The Border for Taco Bell I have heard.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: bandit957 on January 13, 2022, 11:47:25 AM
Casey's General Store reminds me of Casey Kasem.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Henry on January 13, 2022, 11:54:34 AM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn
Chrysler = Crappsler
GM = Government Motors
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: snowc on January 13, 2022, 11:59:17 AM
Existing thread (https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16983)
Rule states that only valid reasons if a thread can be revived.
This is from 2015. This thread is 2022.  :cool:
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: snowc on January 13, 2022, 12:02:41 PM
I already mentioned back in the day I know Facebook as "Fakebook".

Then there are the former names of businesses still widely used. There's a grocery chain local to me that is still widely known as "Aldi" despite not having had that name for 20 years now and not having relation with the German chain either.
@jpi calls Cracker Barrel "The Barrel"
And my mother calls everything with "-ies" in it
Weggies --> Wegmans
Greenies --> Green Hills SM - Small grocery store in DT Syracuse.
Most of my shortening of places are used in a way that simplifies this thread:
ONH - Oscar N Harris - Mayor of Dunn (now :ded:)
More of this will be added later
Back from my break, here's some more.
EPT - EmpointCo, my business name, a software company that also provides hospitality services (NOT rooms)
JM - Jersey Mike's - Sub chain in the US, now open in Dunn
PTM LP - Another term for Sheetz (used in deed references; unknown meaning)
HC - Harnett County
CTL - Centurylink
GA - Garfield (a stereotypical cat)
GF - Garfield and Friends (tv show that ran from 1988-94)
SP - Southern Place (subdivision that was going to be my parent's house, never went through)
CAR - Carolina Panthers (football team in Charlotte)
BUF - Buffalo Bills (football team in Buffalo)
WV023 - Comfort Inn Aikens Center (hotel in Martinsburg WV, see Mburg below; used for a stop for GNYT)
NY589 - Sleep Inn And Suites Airport SYR (hotel in Syracuse, NY; mainstay hotel for all GNYT operations; owned by Al Barbagallo, has restaurant onsite, gas station)
SYR - Syracuse, NY (large city in CNY)
CNY - Central NY
GNYT - Great New York Trip (trip name since 2016, was originally unnamed before becoming BNYT, now GNYT)
BWW - Buffalo Wild Wings (sports bar in US)
ARG - Arby's (used on receipts; a roast beef restaurant chain in the US)
AFD - Area Forecast Discussion (a discussion for weather geeks like me from NWS)
SVR - Severe Thunderstorm Warning (used for storms (and rarely without lightning (only during the winter)) that exceed 58mph wind speeds, and quarter size hail)
TOR - Tornado Warning (used for storms that form tornadoes)
PNS - Public Info Statement (used for info like weekly testing on NWS NWR)
RAH - Raleigh NC (shortcode for NWS Raleigh; WFO in Raleigh's NC State Campus)
WWUS - Warning Header (W means warning, and US is our country)
SVRRAH - see SVR and RAH
There is more shortcodes I can give you via PM, just send me a request if you want more of this.  :D
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 13, 2022, 04:06:57 PM
I know all 122 NWS shortcodes by memory :sombrero:. I even use their county warning areas as divisions of the country, and ideally I would do so disregarding States. But one cannot simply ditch the current States.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: snowc on January 13, 2022, 04:10:31 PM
I know all 122 NWS shortcodes by memory :sombrero:. I even use their county warning areas as divisions of the country, and ideally I would do so disregarding States. But one cannot simply ditch the current States.
woah!  :colorful: :wow:
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: hbelkins on January 13, 2022, 06:25:37 PM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn

Found On Road Dead.

Fix Or Repair Daily

Fudging Old Rebuilt Dodge (only they didn't day fudge...)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 14, 2022, 03:47:05 AM
In the vein of backronyms:
Swift: Sure Wish I Finished Training. See What I F*cked-up Today.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: BlueOutback7 on January 14, 2022, 07:44:51 AM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn

Found On Road Dead.

Fix Or Repair Daily

Fudging Old Rebuilt Dodge (only they didn't day fudge...)

Another car related one, FIAT, Fix It Again Tony.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: 1 on January 14, 2022, 08:10:16 AM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn

Found On Road Dead.

Fix Or Repair Daily

Fudging Old Rebuilt Dodge (only they didn't day fudge...)

Another car related one, FIAT, Fix It Again Tony.

Fiat is a strange name to begin with. The word "fiat" (not an acronym) basically means that it's not actually worth anything.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: SP Cook on January 14, 2022, 09:37:34 AM
FIAT is, in Italian Fabbrica Italiano Automobili de Torino, or in rough English Italian Automobile Factory in Turin.

Fiat money, which is to say money not backed by gold or other actually valuable physical items, is an unrelated term.

Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: zachary_amaryllis on January 14, 2022, 09:47:28 AM
around here we have ‘king stupids’ (king soopers) and ‘spaceway’ (safeway).

untapped territory: blackjack pizza … seems it could almost write itself
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: 1 on January 14, 2022, 09:55:37 AM
As for portmanteaus:
Bed Bath and Body Works
EbLenscrafters

A positive example: this station (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.5600298,-71.1065747,3a,83.5y,338.3h,91.91t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1say-Oa6WrZ2kK9d7lowg2Hg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) in North Reading, MA is called either "the Tuesday station" or "the Thursday station"; I forget which, since it's been so long. It's 5¢ cheaper on that day (actually 4 or 6; their prices always end in an odd digit), cheap in general even if it's not that day, and full serve (full serve stations are typically more expensive here). While it doesn't matter to me, it's also the only station I know of where the difference between grades 87 and 89 is still only 10¢.

It's caused backups on Route 28.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: BlueOutback7 on January 14, 2022, 10:17:17 AM
I know that gas station. I live really close to there. Yes, I have heard that phrase. Backups there are very common because it’s the cheapest in the area.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Henry on January 14, 2022, 11:07:22 AM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn

Found On Road Dead.

Fix Or Repair Daily

Fudging Old Rebuilt Dodge (only they didn't day fudge...)
I absolutely LOL'ed at someone's comment in the other thread...

My grampa worked for GM for 40 years, so of course I grew up knowing "Found On Road Dead" and "Fix Or Repair Daily". I've also heard "F*cker Only Runs Downhill", and one that I won't repeat because it's positive for the brand.

To this day, my biggest regret was buying that Explorer in '94; I didn't feel safe in it at all. And being a GM loyalist myself, I switched to a Tahoe after four years or so.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: abefroman329 on January 14, 2022, 04:39:29 PM
Favorite derogatory terms for Detroit's Big Three:

Ford = Fucked Over Rides from Dearborn

Found On Road Dead.

Fix Or Repair Daily

Fudging Old Rebuilt Dodge (only they didn't day fudge...)
I absolutely LOL'ed at someone's comment in the other thread...

My grampa worked for GM for 40 years, so of course I grew up knowing "Found On Road Dead" and "Fix Or Repair Daily". I've also heard "F*cker Only Runs Downhill", and one that I won't repeat because it's positive for the brand.

To this day, my biggest regret was buying that Explorer in '94; I didn't feel safe in it at all. And being a GM loyalist myself, I switched to a Tahoe after four years or so.
We owned a Tempo in the mid-90s and it's the last Ford I'll ever own.  I probably won't buy an American car again unless it's a Challenger.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Bluenoser on January 15, 2022, 03:01:18 PM
A few from my neck of the woods  :bigass:


Canadian Tire- Crappy Tire
McDonald's: Raunchy Ronald's
Atlantic Superstore: Stupid-Store
Elm Tree Tavern *local bar): Pick-a-Pig and Hug 'n Slug (the joke here is that one picks a pig on Friday night and fights the pig's SO on Saturday night  :-D)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: OracleUsr on January 15, 2022, 11:23:23 PM
J.C. Pennay

My mom used to pronounce it Jacques Pennay
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: golden eagle on January 17, 2022, 08:50:53 AM
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods
I remember I used to hear Whole Paycheck.

I used that one.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: golden eagle on January 17, 2022, 08:52:00 AM
iHateRadio and Audacity

I also use iHateRadio because iHeart is one of the main reasons why the quality of radio is in the shitter.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: golden eagle on January 17, 2022, 08:56:42 AM
What are some common nicknames for retail businesses?

Some of the more popular ones are...
  • McDonald's -> Mickey D's
  • Wal-Mart -> Wally World
  • Target -> Tar-Zhay (think of Target with a French accent)
  • Kroger (grocery) -> Kay-Roger's




I live in Cincinnati, where Kroger is headquartered, and I have NEVER heard anyone call it Kay-Rogers.  A lot of people do call it KrogerS, which drives some other people crazy.

I like to pronounce Kroger like if I'm pronouncing it like Roger.

I also hate when people put an S on Kroger, Krystal, etc.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Rothman on January 17, 2022, 10:04:58 AM
Whole Foods: Unholy Foods
I remember I used to hear Whole Paycheck.

I used that one.
This one's pretty common.
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: tchafe1978 on January 19, 2022, 10:26:24 PM
My brothers and I used to call Kmart Kame-apart because their merchandise was so cheap.

A few others we had:
Booger Fling for Burger King
Wally World or Wal-fart for Walmart
Pizza Slut for Pizza Hut
Taco Hell for Taco Bell

A couple different grocery store chains in our area:
SuperSlaver for SuperSaver (The chain is now long gone)
Pick 'n Slave or Pick 'n Scratch for Pick 'n Save

And I'm sure there are others I've forgotten over the past 30+ years
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: CapeCodder on January 22, 2022, 05:17:56 PM
Wal-Fart
K-Shart
"Bouchard's"- My grandfather used this name for a tractor supply type place called Buckheit Supply
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: GenExpwy on January 23, 2022, 05:39:16 AM
I have seen “Golden sphincter” for Walmart.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ca/Walmart_logo.svg/320px-Walmart_logo.svg.png)
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: kurumi on January 23, 2022, 12:44:07 PM
I have seen “Golden sphincter” for Walmart.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ca/Walmart_logo.svg/320px-Walmart_logo.svg.png)
Kurt Vonnegut would approve
Title: Re: Nicknames for Businesses
Post by: Big John on January 23, 2022, 01:52:58 PM
^^For those who don't get the reference:  (http://bullmurph.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/v-a.jpg)
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: SSOWorld on January 23, 2022, 04:34:23 PM
Kwik Trip and QT (short for Quick Trip)

Quickie Trippie.

Also for the latter: Cute

McDonalds - Mac's
Booger King (not my quote)
Avis Rent-a-car: "ANUS"
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: ErmineNotyours on January 24, 2022, 04:06:02 AM
Delta: Don't Ever Leave The Airport.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on January 24, 2022, 09:27:04 AM
I used to refer to K-mart as "Kresge's". E-Z Mart is Sleazy Mart.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: Big John on January 24, 2022, 05:41:40 PM
I used to refer to K-mart as "Kresge's".
The "K" in Kmart stands for Kresge.  And there was a five and dime store called Kresge.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: SSOWorld on January 24, 2022, 07:53:17 PM
I used to refer to K-mart as "Kresge's". E-Z Mart is Sleazy Mart.
K-Mart or "Kame-apart"
Forgot one for Pizza Hut - Pizza Whore
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: roadman65 on January 25, 2022, 09:59:12 AM
I remember one Acronym created for the defunct department store chain in NYC once called EJ Korvette.  I won’t say it because it could be considered anti semitic being it involves an ethnic group, but the Korvette part is referred to as Korean War Veterans.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: chrisdiaz on January 25, 2022, 11:10:03 PM
Not sure if its been said yet, but I've been told by many people who worked at Food Lion that it was also known as Shitty Kitty  :-D
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on January 26, 2022, 08:35:10 AM
I used to refer to K-mart as "Kresge's". E-Z Mart is Sleazy Mart.
K-Mart or "Kame-apart"
Forgot one for Pizza Hut - Pizza Whore

We used to say Pizza S***
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on January 26, 2022, 12:41:36 PM
I used to refer to K-mart as "Kresge's".
The "K" in Kmart stands for Kresge.  And there was a five and dime store called Kresge.

Lots of people didn't know that.

Oh yeah: there was Pizza Sinn, also
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: thenetwork on January 26, 2022, 10:23:22 PM
In the Northern Ohio area about 20-30 years ago there were was a C-store chain called Open Pantry Food Mart, and a restaurant chain called Dutch Pantry.

We'd call the places Open Panties and Dutch Panties.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: US71 on January 28, 2022, 09:25:29 AM
anyone mention Taco Hell yet?
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 28, 2022, 02:35:34 PM
anyone mention Taco Hell yet?

At least twice.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: 1 on July 19, 2022, 08:54:16 AM
Global, Lawrence MA (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Global+Gas+Station/@42.6850406,-71.1411254,16.64z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e307a14120de31:0x71a567d2a811b9c2!8m2!3d42.6840138!4d-71.1390133): "The station on 114". It's unambiguous to our group because it is (or was, they've changed some) so much cheaper than other stations, sometimes even 30¢ cheaper. They always have a long line, though.

Similarly, this gas station (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Super+Petroleum+Inc/@42.7554889,-71.2108355,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e3a9f6735d395f:0xe0fda03d6a65db8e!8m2!3d42.7554889!4d-71.2097648) (Super Petroleum) in Salem NH is "the station on 28"; also cheap, although not as much.

This restaurant (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Merrimack+Valley+Sandtrap+Bar+and+Grille/@42.7552826,-71.1732986,18z/data=!3m1!5s0x89e300b27e9c2e79:0xf923501d57cbbf59!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e300b39c423db5:0xa56967655f705350!8m2!3d42.7552827!4d-71.1726212) in Methuen is simply "the golf course" or "the country club". Interesting note: From the road, if you look along the golf course, you can see several mountains 39-48 miles away, including Mount Monadnock. I think the City of Methuen should put permanent binoculars on the railing.

MalWart — I might have mentioned this earlier in the thread.

I think of the Elixir Hookah Lounge (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Elixir+Hookah+Lounge+Methuen/@42.7273784,-71.1405565,18.89z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e306de36f40f2f:0xbb0b3f3aa30ca9a5!8m2!3d42.7271341!4d-71.1409073) in Methuen as the Hookup Lounge, although I don't say this out loud. While it isn't one yet, it's probably a good location for one. As long as both sides are paying customers and the business is the only one receiving the money, it should be legal under current law. Some states would probably ban them as soon as the first one opened; Massachusetts is not one of those states. As for its location, it's isolated (some people would probably want to avoid going near it), and it's walkable and has easy bus access (not everyone in the target demographic drives a car).

I actually distinguish "Dunkin'" and "Dunkin' Donuts" by whether that location has remodeled or not.

I actually don't have a name for Chick-fil-A, even though I've boycotted it.

Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence MA (it's been closed for years) is "Future Costco", despite that being only my personal idea. (The nearest Costco is over 30 minutes away.)

Tacos Lupita (a local chain) is Tacos Lupitas, just to make the grammar correct.

Sometimes I legitimately confuse Salvatore's (one location, Lawrence MA, full restaurant) with Sal's Pizza (chain, more of a takeout place).

Not a business, but this bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.70442,-71.153648,17.16z) is the failing plank bridge. Some of the planks aren't quite in place, and when I saw that some were visually off about a month and a half ago, I decided to avoid that bridge entirely.

I might have mentioned this before, but this restaurant (https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Miller's+Tavern/@42.7434379,-71.1530083,18.33z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e307aa409a1b0d:0x7b27c1af41e050a4!8m2!3d42.7430617!4d-71.1528137) (Miller's Tavern right now) is the Defence Against the Dark Arts Restaurant. It's changed three times so far in my lifetime. (I hope that's not a spoiler.)

Hanscom Field in Bedford MA is "the military base".

Lahey Hospital is still Lahey Clinic to me, as if the name change never happened.

IHOP becomes iHop in texts.

Overnight PC and Gaming (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Overnight+PC+%26+Gaming/@42.7416104,-71.2041147,18.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e3a9c5fa445999:0x7c80a58f7906ab2d!8m2!3d42.7416019!4d-71.2027999) in Methuen MA is "The Magic: the Gathering store". Despite their name and external advertising, they do much more Magic than computer repair.

Cambridge College (in Lawrence MA), while not having a consistent nickname, is thought of as being fake, as it pretends to be Harvard, MIT, or Cambridge University in England while being nowhere near the prestige of any of those three in reality.

ATCK Fitness (https://www.google.com/maps/place/ATCK+Fitness+Methuen/@42.7240013,-71.1600304,19.59z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e307111e2f35c3:0xd10801d37968b871!8m2!3d42.7241439!4d-71.160218) in Methuen MA is pronounced "Atsk" as if it was Cyrillic.

LA Fitness is pronounced "La Fitness" as if it was "The Fitness" in Spanish, French, or Italian. The hair product LA Looks, which was sold at Stop & Shop when I worked there, is the same.
Title: Re: Names other than the actual one for a business you have worked for or patronize
Post by: kevinb1994 on July 19, 2022, 03:00:32 PM
Lawrence Lexus is now part of the Haldeman family of dealerships. I still call it Lawrence Lexus.

Their sibling Toyota dealership, OTOH, is now the bland/generic Team Toyota. I guess being part of a team doesn’t hurt…I still call it La-La-La-La Lawrence Toyota. Just like that old commercial. No more deals to sling about!