July 28, 2006

The IKEA list series

Walking through an IKEA store, I’m often amused at the names given to various products; how can you not giggle at a wall cabinet given the unlikely name of ASPUDDEN? I know it’s slightly juvenile to find such things humorous, but having no knowledge of Swedish, it all becomes just a delightful deluge of unintentionally (at least to my knowledge) doubly-descriptive words.

In that spirit, I’ve chosen some of my favorite names from IKEA’s online catalogue to create a series of lists that propose new uses for these marvelous linguistic creations.

Just to be clear, I have nothing but affection for IKEA; in fact, our household is almost entirely furnished with the products from this great company—from our BILLY bookcases to our POÄNG chairs. Remember: it comes from a place of love.

I’ll update this post with links to new lists as they’re added to the series.

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