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Funny shop names in Norway

10 2010

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.


  1. Elusive Moose on the 10th of January 2010 @ 19:28

    Hee hee… Funny post! More on Norway (serious and less serious stuff) here if that’s of interest :-)

  2. Armelle Europe on the 10th of January 2010 @ 21:04

    Elusive Moose : glad you’ve enjoyed the post. I have checked your blog which is very nice. Do you know that the pictures in this post have been taken in Sarpsborg, Østfold :)

  3. Ron Hale on the 11th of January 2010 @ 11:18

    It’s too bad your Fluke couldn’t make the trip.
    A photo taken of it outside Zizzi would have amused your friends at home and your French-speaking readers. Maybe I should start commenting on as UkuleleZizi…or maybe not. And there’s nothing wrong with being silly.

    I just stumbled upon a ukulele video that I really like, and you might also. Posted on Youtube by YANSONGER as – Blue song (ukulele version). If you get a chance, try it.
    He’s new to me, but maybe not to you.

  4. Armelle Europe on the 11th of January 2010 @ 18:37

    Ron : Ha ha. I’d be curious to see what kind of reaction you’d get if you were to use ukulelezizi as a pseudo on a French forum ! If you do try, let us know what happens :)

    Yansonger was new to me too. A Swiss ukulele player it seems. Nice song, thanks for the link !

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