One thing I like doing when travelling abroad is looking at signs, shop names, leaflets etc… which usually are a great source of language fun.
When the biting cold wind and the snow blizzard forces you to seek refuge in shopping malls while travelling in Norway, just look around at shop names to seek comfort. Some of them are rather funny. Here are a couple of examples I found in Norway this Christmas.
This hairdressing salon is called Crème Fraîche. Everybody knows that French sounds classy but Crème Fraîche ??? Imagine the hairdresser pouring crème fraîche on your hair and then massaging your scalp…
Maybe I am just a complete ignorant and Norwegian scientists have found out that crème fraîche prevents hair loss ?
Another funny shop name was Zizzi for women clothing. At least it is funny if you are a French speaker, as “Zizi” (with only one ‘z’ I grant you) is the equivalent of British “willy” or American “peter”.
When I checked whether the shop name ‘Zizzi’ was part of a chain, I was surprised to find that there was a chain of Italian restaurants called ‘Zizzi’ in the UK. Check out the link now that you know the context and you’ll find out out why I find their site quite amusing. I know, I am very silly.