10/11/09

What do nicknames mean?

Target
Popular Nickname:Tar-zhay and Tarbutt


Did You Know?In a Washington Post article from 2006, staff writer Yian Q. Mui writes, "Fans of Target stores long ago nicknamed the retailer 'Tar-zhay' for its cheap and chic clothes, the French accent lending the discounter a certain je ne sais quoi that made it acceptable among fashionistas." The Tarbutt handle comes from annoyed internet bloggers who don't like the company.

Wal-Mart
Popular Nickname:Wally World

Did You Know?The term "Wally World" comes from a fictional amusement park in the 1983 comedy film 'National Lampoon's Vacation.' The sheer size and "everything under the sun" mentality of the park set the tone for Wal-Mart to be called "Wally World" soon thereafter, as well as the parking lot depicted in the film -- which resembles a cement desert without end.

Above info is found at: http://www.walletpop.com/specials/company-nicknames?icid=200100397x1207380905x1200363596 and there is a comments section for each store.

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