The Game of the Name

Do you ever wonder what goes into deciding the name of a shop or an establishment? Some take the easy way out and name their shops after their own names, like Versace, Gucci, Tag Heuer or McDonald’s. Then there are others who take the trouble to think it through and come up with classics like Burger King, T.G.I.Friday’s and Target, to name a few. These names virtually roll off our tongues and is incredibly easy to remember.

Lately I’ve noticed many new shops in the shopping malls with quaint names. Names that perhaps convey an underlying message, yet is subliminal enough to arouse the curiosity of the general passerby. Like this shop, for example. It is called SHINS, but I doubt it sells anything close to shin protection or shin beautification.

In fact, if I am not wrong, this shop sells beauty products and makeup. Could the name of the shop been intended to be SKINS instead? Hmmmm…that actually sounds gross, because then it will sound as if they are selling skins! Could it have been SHINE? Either way, it doesn’t make any sense to me…

Oooh, and what about this one?

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8 Responses to The Game of the Name

  1. rinnah says:

    LOL! Btw, there’s this cafe in PJ called Screaming Bananas… I used to joke that they were so pricy (they’re not really) that customers would start screaming and go stark raving bananas! *grin*

    The Giddy Tiger says: And they sell banana stuff? Banana milkshake (which I adore), banana cake, etc?

  2. Gallivanter says:

    Yes, there is a cafe in Phileo called Screaming Bananas…I’ve seen a few dodgy business names but I forgot….:-P

    The Giddy Tiger says: You’re the second commentor to mention Screaming Bananas. I absolutely need to visit it one day.

  3. huisia says:

    maybe is the boss’s name

    The Giddy Tiger says: … or the boss’s wifey’s name? 😛

  4. chinnee says:

    rinnah, i love the name of screaming bananas……at least that could attract me to look what they r selling ? Anyway i feel this naming thing very something very personal, and it depends on wat kinda biz.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Seriously, I gotta give this Screaming Bananas place a visit someday…

  5. LB says:

    The BodyShop is a great name.. *I was going to name at least half a dozen, but my mind stopped working, when I got stuck at Virgin*..

    The Giddy Tiger says: The world is full of weird and great names, like Hiro Nakamura 😛

  6. cc says:

    I love shops with quirky names, but can’t remember any at the moment.. Haha.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Quirky names kinda stick on in your head, don’t they?

  7. Maybe the creator dropped a test tube on his shin and discovered the rough skin is now so smooth. So he/she names the store in honor of that fateful event.

    Instant Diet. Walk in fat. Walk out thin. If not can sue?

    The Giddy Tiger says: Now that’s a creative way of lookin’ at it.

  8. rinnah says:

    Screaming Bananas does both Eastern and Western food – their nasi ulam set is not bad and their pastas are pretty decent for RM 7.90 onwards. My ex-colleague sticks to this dish called chick key (I think that’s the spelling) each time she goes. But now that you mention it, I don’t recall seeing banana-themed food there…

    The Giddy Tiger says: Nasi Ulam at Screaming Bananas? …and that will have us *screaming* for more?

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