When you are an English speaker living in a non English speaking country you occasionally come across store names which are humorous or downright appalling when parsed through the English language brain. Even when you know they make sense in your current country’s native language, there still remains something quite not right about the name.
Most of the time I try to be mature about store names which raise a WTF? when processed by my English brain, especially when in German they are fine. This is why it took me a while to really notice the name of this store.
You see, the German word for mobile phone is Handy and well mobile phones plans have caps and I wasn’t really paying attention to what it would sound like if you actually said the store’s name.
However, I just recently noticed or they just recently put up a sign to denote customer packing and I could not fail to notice the inappropriateness of the store name for English speakers.
And then all my pretences about being mature went away and I laughed at the sign for a good 5 minutes and then took pictures. This really is one of the joys of living in Germany – being totally immature about store names.