Inspired by this thread, in that it reminded me of a local business whose name both confuses and angers me…
It makes me angry because, I mean, the whole… argh. The name is a not-terribly-clever variation on “going postal”, as in the cliche where an overstressed postal worker snaps under the work load and kills his co-workers. Is this the image that this business wants to evoke in their customers? It’s also not very respectful for the several people who have died in the creation of this cliche’d term.
I drive by this business several times a month; one day I’ll stop by and ask the manager just what they hell the name is supposed to invoke.
I just reminded myself of another one - the Chrysler Crossfire. Either as a reference to its military definition (using covering fire from multiple angles to pin down or kill more enemies) or to its pop culture meaning (gunfire from a shootout killing or wounding otherwise uninvolved innocent bystanders), it just strikes me as an incredibly stupid and/or callous name for what is basically an overpriced chick magnet.
…So what business or product names do you find inappropriate?