Intentionally Awkward Title
Some things are just hard to talk about in casual conversation. It may be because they contain an obscenity, sexual reference, or one of the Inherently Funny Words
, but whatever the case is, saying the title usually results in an awkward pause and clearing of the throat after saying it.
These days, more and more things are doing this entirely on purpose
, often to draw attention to a controversial subject
and push people's comfort boundaries. It's also done often enough just to try and be funny, especially if it's of the Black Comedy
variety. Often leads to variable Politeness Judo
when talked about publicly.
Differs from Have a Gay Old Time
and Unfortunate Name
in that this is when the awkwardness is entirely intentional.
Differs from a Double Entendre
in that it's not at all subtle. Usually used as part of Filth
. When Executive Meddling
prevents the awkward title from being used, it becomes a Censored Title
See also Contemptible Cover
, which may or may not go hand in hand with this trope.
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. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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- Space Battleship Yamato is only named so in Japan and Japan only as only they do not bother to make homages to a battleship that gave so much trouble to the allies in WWII. No wonder the main ship's name was also changed in the American and some few versions.
- A good number of Hentai fall under this, and among the worst are titles such as Bondage Queen Kate, Boobalicious, Virgin Auction and Sex Warrior Pudding. A certain amount of this is probably the distributors trying to make sure that kids don't pick it up accidentally.
- Note that the above are all their titles in the English market. Well, Boobalicious' original name is (in English, mind you) Milk Junkies. Not that much better, really.
- There is also a comic called Nipple Magician. Because the writer thought it sounded cool and the American guys who publish it in their comics anthologies like to laugh their asses off while simultaneously getting off at the mere thought.
- The best English re-title for a hentai has to be The Hills Have Size.
- Also The Rapeman and Rape! Rape! Rape!
- My Nipples are Dicks
- Gintama. It's a near-homophone for kintama, a Japanese word meaning "testicles" (literally "golden balls"... get it?). Try asking "hey, did you see this week's Gintama?" in the language and get ready to get looked at funny.
- Would you have thought that Stroke Material - My Fucking Lover was actually a shoujo comic with little to no fanservice in it?
- In Yotsuba&!, the adoptive father of the titular girl, in order to amuse her and himself, likes putting on his head his fresh-washed underpants and strangely dancing, while calling himself a Super Hero named "Pantsman"
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. That is all.
- The OST's songs have some pretty interesting names as well, including such gems as "Dancefloor Orgy" and "Technodildo".
- My Balls. The balls in question contain Sealed Evil in a Can.
- In a similar vein, Onani Master Kurosawa. 'Onani' is the Japanese word for masturbation that eventually comes from onanism.
- The penultimate episode of Persona 4: The Animation is titled "The World is Full of Shit". The speaker is Adachi, the true killer, who the protagonists confront in the episode in question.
- The title of Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo, i.e. The Pet Girl Of Sakura Hall, describes a girl as a "pet." This is probably meant to sound misogynistic, because the show aggressively deconstructs the idea that an adorable ditz would make an ideal girlfriend.
- The Anti-Goku Uniform Resistance in Kill la Kill is named "Nudist Beach." Even the protagonist can't believe that's their actual name.
- Early 90s racing anime Goddamn!!
- Can't forget the manga series Bastard!!.
- The Sin City story "That Yellow Bastard" has been covered up by comic vendors in some parts for this reason, though by today's standards "bastard" actually isn't that bad.
- The Preacher sidestory focusing on the backstory of The Grotesque, Arseface, was named The Story Of You-Know-Who to avoid this. Which just seems odd in light of how the cover was a close-up of his face.
- The Goon parodied this with an imaginary Missing Episode called Satan's Sodomy Baby, which they weren't able to publish because of the Moral Guardians. The author said that the only way the publishers would relent would be a demonstration of reader interest, and he encouraged fans to go into their local comic book stores and demand Satan's Sodomy Baby.
- Porn abounds in titles like these, especially in porn parodies of famous movies.
- Jennifer's Body. 'I want to see Jennifer's Body', 'Did you see Jennifer's Body?', etc.
- The Swedish film Fucking Åmål (pronounced more or less O-moal), retitled Show Me Love in the English version. Then again, Åmål is the small, dull town in which the characters live, and the original title is what one of them usually calls the place. Also, since from a Swede's perspective "fuck" is a Foreign Cuss Word, the word is (arguably) a bit tamer and in addition to that, swearing as a whole is just less of a big deal in Sweden.
- What the #$*! Do We Know!?. This is the actual uncensored title. Generally said as "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"
- GayNiggers From Outer Space. Just the title Crosses the Line Twice.
- Jaws 2 worked to avoid this, in France; The original film was titled Les Dents De La Mernote . Adding Deux to Mer leaves you with something that sounds offensive in Frenchnote - so a new title was sought. The director of Jaws 2, who is French, points this out in a special feature on the DVD release.
- Used in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, where Tom suggests opening a company named "Arse Tickler's Faggot Fan Club", and returning people's cheques - a lot of people would be too embarrassed to cash them. This might actually be a real scam.
- Young People Fucking. This actually was the subject of some political drama in Canada, when it was held up as an example of the sort of film that the Conservative government would be able to censor under new legislation allowing film productions to be denied their usual tax credits if they violated "public policy." It transpired that nobody who was advocating this had actually seen the film, which is somewhat tamer than the name suggests. A screening of the film was organized in Ottawa for MPs.
- Live Nude Girls
- Fuck, a documentary about the word. The marketing campaign called it "The film that dares not speak its name."
- Y Tu Mamá También, a Mexican film whose title means And Your Mom Too. It was released in the U.S. under the Spanish title.
- The Vin Diesel action film xXx, or Triple X. Rumor has it, part of the reason for the title was to try and prevent Internet filesharing for the movie — after all, if you do a search for "xXx movie", you're going to get a lot of results that don't have anything to do with Vin Diesel.
- The Monkees' movie Head was titled as such to signify a true "mind trip," even though the Monkees' young fans very likely hadn't yet tried drugs (one common reason as to why the film flopped). Also, so that when Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson produced their next film, Easy Rider, it could be promoted as being "from the guys who gave you Head".
- A Spanish-language body swapping film was ironically called Dame tu Cuerpo, or, in English, "Give me your body".
- The French movie Baise Moi. Fuck Me is the closest English title but some localizations translated it as Rape Me.
- Baise actually means 'kiss' in French, but over time, the word has changed to become an equivalent to the English word 'fuck'.
- Blaxploitation film Boss Nigger, known for its incredibly catchy theme song, which you probably shouldn't sing, sadly.
- Another blaxploitation film, The Legend of Nigger Charley. Notably, both films star Fred Williamson. Who was also in The Soul of Nigger Charley, sequel to the previous. Seanbaby once called him "a big-enough badass to star in three films with the N-word in the title".
- John Waters' Pecker.
"Was there pre-production trouble with your film title?"
"I'm not that
to know there's a double entendre, but it's a joke: The boy's nickname, because he picked at his food as a child. Originally, the MPAA turned down the title, and we went to court about it. My lawyers had a list of titles to show them like Shaft
, Free Willy
, In & Out
, and I gave a little speech saying, 'It might be vulgar, but it's not an obscene word' and 'This is a movie about someone who wants his good name back. And in this case the good name is Pecker
- Dick - a film from 1999 starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, about two teen girls help bring down President Richard Nixon and get the nickname Deep Throat.
- The James Bond film Octopussy, and the documentary about it called Inside Octopussy
- Inglourious Basterds. As noted above, "bastard" is not quite as horrible a word in US culture anymore, but is still considered "bad." It's also worth noting that both words are misspelled.
- The film adaptation of Kick-Ass is a double example of this trope: it has the word "ass" in it, thus causing marketing and open discussion problems.
- In & Out refers to a closeted gay man being in and out of the closet, but it has additional sexual connotations as well.
- The German movie Der Wixxer. Usually spelled Wichser, this word means "wanker".
- The original title for 50 First Dates was going to be Who The Hell Are You?.
- The indie film Good Dick. Though some of the film focuses around porn and sex, it is really a romantic drama about a video store employee and a reclusive girl who rents porn from him.
- One-Eyed Monster, a movie about an alien possessing Ron Jeremy's penis and using it to kill people. It was supposed to be given the even more awkward title Ron Jeremy's Dick, but the director decided that if Zack and Miri Make a Porno couldn't get the full name on the marquee, there was no way he could get that one through.
- Hands on a Hard Body. It's a documentary about a contest of endurance and the hard body of the title is a truck (the hands being which contestant can keep their hands on the truck the longest with the winner getting the truck).
- The documentary Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? uses symbols as its title on the case and even in the opening title. However, truck driver Teri Horton says the uncensored title as she relays the story of how she bought what some believe is an authentic Pollock painting at a thrift store in regard to her theretofore lack of familiarity with the famous painter.
- Pure Shit When the 1975 Australian film Pure Shit directed by Bert Deling premiered at Melbourne’s Playbox in May 1976, the Vice Squad raided the theatre. It was initially banned, then given an R certificate (over 18 only), and the title was changed from Pure Shit to Pure S. The low-budget film deals with the adventures of four junkies who commandeer a friend’s car after she dies of a heroin overdose, and spend 24 hours searching Melbourne for good quality heroin. The initial reaction from the mainstream media to the film was … hostile. This film is now considered an "underground" classic.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut had the working title "South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose", but the title was rejected by the MPAA for containing the word "Hell". When Trey Parker heard this, in exasperation he sarcastically suggested "Bigger, Longer and Uncut", and to his surprise, the MPAA missed the obvious innuendo entirely and the name was accepted.
- The sequel to Meet the Parents was entitled Meet the Fockers. This nearly got nixed by the MPAA, but the producers defended it by offering letters of support from several people actually named Focker stating that it was an entirely legitimate surname, of course. Then there was the next sequel, Little Fockers...
- In 2002 African American author Randall Kennedy published a book entitled Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word. TV commentators tried to talk about it without actually saying the title.
- Similarly, there is a book titled Cunt.
- The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.
- The Book Of Feckin' Irish Slang That's Great Craic For Cute Hoors And Boosers and others in the same series.
- Who Writes This Crap?!? by Luke Wright and Joe Stickley, a satirical look at the bad writing present in daily life.
- Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? by Alan McArthur and Steve Lowe, a modern social commentary story.
- There's a children's book titled Everyone Poops. Similarly, there are also ones in the same vein called The Gas we Pass and The Holes in Your Nose. Now imagine trying to ask for it at the library...
- At one point in The Princess Diaries series (not, unfortunately, in The Movie) Mia's best friend Lilly starts a magazine for literature written by students and calls it..."Fat Louie's Pink Butthole", after Mia's cat. The cover of the first issue featured, well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Executive Meddling by the principal forces her to change the title to "The 'Zine".
- Louise Rennison probably aimed for a mild version of this with her Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas, Dancing In My Nuddy-Pants...
- Though even that's a bit too spicy for Hollywood, which has filmed the first of them as "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging". Goodness knows what they'll do about the Nunga-Nungas...
- "And Then It Came Off In My Hand". Full stop. (But it's not FUNNY as Perfect Snogging! What were they thinking?) In America, they decided to go with Away Laughing on a Fast Camel instead.
- The Color of Her Panties, one of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony.
- They don't exist, at least at the time of the reference — the title refers to an unanswerable question for a Wizard who can supposedly answer anything: The "Her" in the title refers to a mermaid, and Xanthian Mermaids are nudists (and for that matter don't have legs). Later, when she becomes a main character, she is given a pair of panties to wear... and nothing else, resulting in men gawping at her, stunned for the next few scenes.
- More to the point - they're magical, color and pattern-changing panties, so Good Magician Humphrey still couldn't answer the question.
- Also in that series, Isle of View. Apparently designed to make teenage readers too embarrassed to say the title out loud, while still being perfectly innocent in print.
- The novel by Native Canadian author Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen. It's a multi-layered title that makes sense in context, but the DoubleEntendres are obviously voluntary. Paired with Flamboyant Gay-ness, Trickster figures, Squick and Freud Was Right played both sinisterly straight and for fun. Try and pronounce it in an academic or otherwise serious context without feeling incredibly awkward.
- The titles of his plays also contain such gems as "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing."
- Several novels written by Irvine Welsh, including The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, The Acid House, Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance and of course, Porno.
- Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition. No, really.
- Apparently read and enjoyed by Mr. Depp in preparation for his role as Jack Sparrow, it shows.
- "I see you have Naked Pictures of Famous People on your bookshelf."
- As well as the book of that name hiyo!
- Inga Muscio's well-known feminist book Cunt, whose subject is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Then there's Gene Wilder's first novel, My French Whore...
- Amanda Filipacci's novel, Nude Men.
- Also Sheepshagger by Niall Griffiths.
- Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a story called "The Big Space Fuck", which is published in Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions.
- It's also present in Vonnegut's autobiographical hodgepodge Palm Sunday. Reads much like a Kilgore Trout story.
- Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book famously caused stores to resist stocking it out of fears that commie-loving hippies would take the bait. To be fair to the stores, the book is in fact mostly an instruction manual on civil disobedience, including sections on how to shoplift.
- It's worth noting that true to its mission statement, it is freely available online.
- A Man's Horn. Yes, the Double Entendre is intentional.
- Completely unavoidable example: The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica.
- The title of Charlotte Roche's book "Feuchtgebiete" roughly translates to "wetlands" (though it's actually more like "regions"). Because of good PR, everyone knew it was "that sex book", making the euphemism completely obvious.
- Brazilian group Casseta & Planeta self-help book parody, Como se Dar Bem na Vida, Mesmo Sendo um Bosta ("How To Succeed In Life Even If You're A Complete Turd").
- Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy's classic guide to polyamorous relationships, The Ethical Slut. Also a Trope Namer.
- Tao Lin's first novel is called Eeeee Eee Eeee.
- A book about the possible evolutionary origins of nonconsensual sex is called A Natural History of Rape.
- John Sladek's novel The Muller-Fokker Effect is technically clean, but you have to be very careful how you pronnounce it. Probably intentional; according to Sladek "Young persons have no business reading such a book, which contains sex, violence and anagrams. I think I can speak for the moral majority here when I assure you that we are doing our best to prevent such problems by closing all libraries."
- Frankie Boyle's autobiography is titled My Shit Life So Far. Many stores displayed the book with a "Censored" sticker covering the offending word, but it's surprising just how many didn't.
- The Big Penis Book, a follow up to the The Big Book of Breasts. Both feature partially transparent dust jackets that when removed reveal the principal subject matter. They are also coffee table sized, and rather artsy with lots of interviews, and naked pictures.
- Rob Bell wrote an excellent book on romantic love and sexuality from a Christian perspective. The title? Sex God. Try walking into your local Christian bookstore and asking if they have that.
- The newspaper The San Francisco Chronicle has a weekly list of whatever books its critics most recommend, and the number one book is listed with a picture of its dust jacket. When that book was Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the second word was rendered as Bull*** in the list, but the dust jacket was shown as it was, making the endeavor somewhat pointless. (The book's actually more artsy than the name would suggest.)
- On a different note, I Am Not a Serial Killer. (You double-took for a moment, admit it.)
- There is a Bizarro story entitled The Greatest Fucking Moment in Sports. It's about a bike race. Another is The Baby Jesus Butt Plug, about exactly that.
- Stirling Johnson has written books entitled English as a Second Fucking Language and Watch Your Fucking Language. They are, appropriately, about the use of profanity.
- 'Popular Music From Vittula'' by Swedish author Mikael Niemi, "Vittula" being essentially "Cuntville" in Finnish.
- Negri, froci, giudei & Co. (Niggers, Faggots, Kikes & Co.) by Italian journalist Gian Antonio Stella. It's about racism and intolerance in every country and historical age.
- The Cunt Coloring Book. The cover page is no better (though it's not immediately obvious what you're looking at).
- Black comedian Dick Gregory also wrote a book called Nigger, detailing his life in the Civil Rights Movement. In his dedication page, he explains "every time you hear the word 'nigger', remember that they are advertising my book."
- Go the Fuck to Sleep, a nice bedtime story not intended for young children, but their frustrated parents. The kid safe version is titled Seriously, Just Go to Sleep.
- The "Mammoth Book of..." series collects short stories, and each is a big honkin' paperback with the title in huge font. It's not unreasonable to assume this trope was intended for the one of "Gay Erotica".
- Gluten is My Bitch by April Peveteux.
- A non-lewd title that is still very awkward to say the name of is This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. Not because it's embarrassing, but because it's completely implausible as a title, and often requires you showing them the actual front of the book. The previous book in the series, John Dies at the End, was only slightly less awkward, and sounded like you were randomly giving out spoilers instead of the title.
- The Poisoner's Handbook is both an excellent look at the founding of forensic science in New York and a great way to get everyone on the bus to move away from you!
- Flannery O Connor's short story collection The Artificial Nigger.
- Murderess received its name as it deals with the themes of Nature Versus Nurture, and more specifically with In the Blood, as its heroine wonders if she inherited her clan’s notorious murderous inclinations. Naturally, some people find the title a tad intimidating when given without context.
Live Action TV
- The show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is often abbreviated to P&T: BS! precisely for this reason.
- When Penn refers to the show on the radio, he cuts it in the middle with a clap, "Bulls" "Hit", to avoid FCC fines. He's not normally one to mince words.
- Two different covers are available for the complete season DVD collections. The ones you can order by mail are labelled "Bullshit!". The ones on store shelf displays are labelled "BS!".
- Jackass is slightly more tame by today's standards, but at the time it premiered resulted in some amusing Politeness Judo when referred to.
- Bizarrely, some people in the UK weren't sure how to pronounce it - despite 'jackass' originally meaning a kind of donkey, for which the British pronunciation is the same as the American. Seriously, "Jackarse"? *shudder*
- Childish example - the comedy Bottom was originally to be called Your Bottom, so that people would ask their friends things like "Did you see Your Bottom on telly last night?"
- Even better, they were also hoping for things like "I saw Rik Mayall in Your Bottom last night."
- That's My Bush!. 'Nuff said. (It's a parody of sitcoms and politics featuring George W. Bush as the main character.)
- The William Shatner show $#*! My Dad Says. Ads encourage calling it "Bleep My Dad Says" to avoid well, you know.
- Shatner didn't understand the censorship and continued to call it by its original name though.
- It also proved awkward for a less raunchy reason: Many DVR users were unable to enter any of the non-alphabetic characters in the title, making the show impossible to find.
- Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. The ads pronounced the "B——" as just the letter and got a Sublime Rhyme out of it.
- Most of the episode titles of 3rd Rock from the Sun are puns involving the word "Dick" (the protagonist's name). The writers apparently thought they would never be seen, and some of the ones they got away with are frankly unbelievable.
- In Parks and Recreation the library department gets revenge on people by sending them messages that they have late fines for nonexistent books with this sort of title.
- The upcoming Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer.
- Peep Show, which, despite being a stellar example of Cringe Comedy, isn't actually about peep shows.
- The Rural Juror, a movie Jenna auditioned for a part in on 30 Rock, might possibly be a non-raunchy variant, as it's unlikely its in-universe producers missed how the title is physically difficult to say aloud.
- Nadia G's cooking show Bitchin' Kitchen.
- Most reviews of The Wrong Mans start by commenting on how irritating the title is to say. One reviewer stated that it sounds like 'you've turned into a LOL-cat halfway through'.
- The album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols from the The Sex Pistols, who themselves invoke this trope.
- Guess where the price sticker is usually found on the CD case for that album?
- Soon after its release the album title was found to be officially not obscene due to "bollocks" also being an Anglo-Saxon legal term for the testicles of a bull. Nobody (the hearing included) was fooled, but there was nothing legally prohibiting it. The guy who won this case, by the way, was John Mortimer QC, perhaps better known as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey.
- The pornogrind band Cemetery Rapist, along with songs like Herpes Injection, Granny Panty Snatcher, and Dick Sucking Daughters for Cornfield Fun. This band is the embodiment of Squick.
- Fuck, who are actually a not-particularly-aggressive indie-rock band. (Incidentally, KISS considered calling themselves Fuck when they first formed.)
- Nashville Pussy. Taken Up to Eleven with the Let Them Eat Pussy album, which must have been a fun one to announce at the Grammy Awards.
- Anal Cunt (Often referred to as "AC" or "AxCx" as a result. When their record label would only print "A.C." on their album artwork, they started using a logo where the letters intentionally looked like the body parts that they stood for). The titles of virtually every one of their songs probably qualify as well.
- Tit Wrench
- 3 Way Cum
- Pussy Galore
- Pussy Riot, a Russian Riot Grrrl/Punk Rock collective of whom three members were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" in a trial that attracted international attention.
- There exist at least two bands by the name "Bitch."
- Bitch Magnet
- Bitch Alert
- Bitch And Animal
- Bitches Sin
- Anvil Bitch
- Son of a Bitch
- Psycho Bitch
- Southern Bitch
- Little Bo Bitch
- 7 Year Bitch
- Atomic Bitchwax
- Jack Off Jill (they were originally called 'Jack In Jill,' which isn't much better, before being renamed by lead singer Jesskia's close friend at the time, Marilyn Manson)
- Jizz Janitors
- Excrementory Grindfuckers (just for a really obvious example)
- Butthole Surfers, often shortened to BH Surfers by prudish DJ's. Actually fairly tame in comparison to one of their earlier names: The Inalienable Right To Eat Fred Astaire's Asshole.
- A few years back, Providence had a punk band called Violent Anal Death. Some of their fliers portrayed Bert sodomizing Ernie.
- Alabama Thunderpussy
- The Genitorturers
- Me Mom and Morgenthaler
- Dayglo Abortions. Album titles include Feed Us a Fetus, Two Dogs Fucking, and Holy Shiite. Song titles include "Argh Fuck Kill", "Dogfarts", and "Religious Bumfucks".
- Vaginal Croutons
- Fucked Up
- Porn (formerly known as Men of Porn)
- The Master Musicians of Bukkake
- Fuck The Facts
- Some of the above names could have come right out of Jello Biafra's "Names For Bands" routine which also includes "John Wayne On Acid", "Tits, Ass and Money", "The Absentee Thought Lords", and "Bono's Charred Remains." After all, Why would you want to be the 350th band to call yourselves something like Bad Attitude?
- Even a band name as comparatively tame as "Barenaked Ladies" sparked controversy in Toronto in 1991.
- Just before The Rolling Stones decided to found their own record label, they had to produce one more song for their current label to fulfill their contract. However, nobody ever said that the song had to be releasable, and so they wrote one called "Cocksucker Blues" from Exile On Main St. It's pretty much about what it sounds like.
- The Artist Formerly Known As the Artist Formerly Known As Prince has written and performed a song called "Pussy Control".
- There's also apparently a silly band called Ween, who released a series of download-only songs collectively called Craters of the Sack. These included titles such as "Big Fat Fuck," "Put The Coke On My Dick," and "Suckin' The Blood From The Devil's Dick."
- Ween also has several other odd titles throughout the rest of their discography: "Mushroom Festival In Hell," "Licking The Palm For Guava," "I Gots A Weasel," "Marble Tulip Juicy Tree," "Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?" "Reggaejunkiejew," and "Strap On That Jammypac" (the song doesn't even tell you what a Jammypac is), just to name a few.
- Arctic Monkeys also named their EP Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?, mainly to stop the disc from getting airplay and becoming widely known.
- Their album, Suck It and See also caused controversy in the US, where the meaning is not as clear as it is to UK audiences.
- The The Bloodhound Gang song "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo". Record execs had to swap "Charlie" and "Uniform" in order for it to get any airplay, because people (especially uptight Moral Guardians) love to have Fun with Acronyms.
- Also note that this is not just an acronym, but also the Military Phonetic Code for the actual spelling of the F-bomb.
- The same band's album Hooray for Boobies was sold in some stores with an altered cover and the title shortened to simply "Hooray."
- "Too Drunk To Fuck" by The Dead Kennedys actually placed on British radio charts. Of course, the DJs had to refer to it as "the latest song by The Dead Kennedys."
- Grinderman's song "No Pussy Blues"
- Wayne/Jayne County's "(If You Don't Want to Fuck Me Baby, Baby) Fuck Off".
- The band Rainbow Butt Monkeys. They later became Finger Eleven, which really isn't much cleaner if you think about it.
- The Nine Inch Nails song "Starfuckers Inc." was usually referred to as "Starlovers Inc." in polite company. The bowdlerized single version changed it to "Starsuckers Inc".
- Adrian Sherwood's remix of "March Of The Pigs", featured on the "Closer" single, was titled "March of the Fuckheads".
- The hip-hop group Niggaz With Attitude, also known as NWA. See also their album Niggaz4life - the album title appears in mirrored writing on the cover, so it's also sometimes referred to as Efil4zaggin.
- The Beatles' Remix Album Let It Be...Naked. Often called "Naked" for short and to differentiate it from the original Let It Be. This trope makes it easier, alas, for "Naked" not to exist.
- Warren Zevon's song "My Shit's Fucked Up". The song itself is about the narrator's terminal cancer.
- "Niggerslut", "Rape the Angel", and "Kill All the Faggots" by Demoniac.
- "Fuck This Shit" by Belle and Sebastian. Also counts as some weird form of Soundtrack Dissonance, because it's actually a relaxing, summery instrumental.
- Ditto (on both counts) "Judy Is a Dickslap"
- Brazilian example: Rita Lee, "Tudo Vira Bosta" ("All Becomes Shit").
- Another ones from there: Ultraje a Rigor, "Filho da Puta" ("son of a bitch"), and Raimundos, "Esporrei na Manivela" ("I Ejaculated on a Handle")
- Marilyn Manson has plenty of songs and albums like this, with to help of some puns.
- For album titles, Antichrist Superstar, Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)) and The Golden Age of Grotesque.
- Portrait Of An American Family (which had a punny and awkward working title, The Manson Family Album) has "Cake and Sodomy", "Organ Grinder", "Dope Hat", and "Snake Eyes and Sissies".
- Smells Like Children has "May Cause Discoloration of the Urine and Feces", "Everlasting Cocksucker", "Fuck Frankie", "Shitty Chicken Gang Bang", "Dance of the Dope Hats", "Diary of a Dope Fiend", "Scans, Guns, and Peanut Butter", "Kiddie Grinder"... pretty much every track on the album counts.
- Songs from "Antichrist Superstar" include "Tied Up, Dried, and Dead to the World", "Deformography", and "Angel With The Scabbed Wings".
- Third album Mechanical Animals has "The Dope Show" and "I Don't "Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)".
- The album appropriately called ''The Golden Age of Grotesque' has "This Is The New Shit", the Title Track, and "Slutgarden".
- Eat Me, Drink Me (which might be awkward, specially if you don't pick up on the Alice in Wonderland reference) has "Mutilation is The Sincerest Form of Flattery", "The Red Carpet Grave" and "You and Me and The Devil Make Three".
- "The High End of Low" has "Pretty as A Swastika", "I Wanna Kill You Like They Do In The Movies", and of course Arma-Goddamn-Motherfucking-Geddon, which was made solely to troll the label by creating an obvious single that they couldn't market.
- The latest album, Born Villain, gives us "Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms", "Pistol Whipped" and "Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day".
- Remixes even sometimes get in on the act, with titles like "Next Motherfucker". Oh, and "Baboon Rape Party" from one of the singles.
- Patti Smith's first single was "Piss Factory", and then there was "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger" from Heroes (also covered by Marilyn Manson).
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World", where the title was regarded as a powerful social statement.
- Averted by The Offspring's song "Stuff Is Messed Up", which despite its title features the chorus "Shit is fucked up".
- Van Halen's album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge isn't an awkward title in and of itself, but since the title puts one in the right frame of mind to notice the acronym...
- The title is itself a reference to a popular folk etymology for the F-word.
- Nas' latest album was going to be named Nigger, but stores said they wouldn't stock it, so it will be released untitled. Meanwhile, Nas also put a mixtape online, called The Niggertape.
- Stone Temple Pilots were called Shirley Temple's Pussy for a short time before Executive Meddling made them change it.
- The Venetian Snares album "Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole," an awkward enough title in its own right, contains a song titled, "Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuckers Die." Ouch.
- Venetian Snares later came out with an album that's awkward to discuss for quite a different reason: the album, and all its tracks, are titled in Hungarian. It's not awkward for Hungarian speakers, of course, but for everyone else...
- The band The The is a bit difficult to discuss.
- Michael McIntyre wondered what would happen if you tried to discuss The The in Yorkshire, where the word "the" is reduced to "t'" (as in t'Internet).
- T'thee, of course. Just like certain American accents would render it as "thuh thee".
- The drag queen Vaginal Cream Davis.
- Somewhat more politely than most of the above, Pet Shop Boys named their first album "Please," because they liked the idea of forcing people to ask, "Could I have the Pet Shop Boys' new album, 'Please'?"
- Parodied in This Is Spinal Tap (surprise, surprise) with a fragment of an unfinished song- a very sweet, lyrical piano solo. The name? "Lick My Love Pump".
- Real-life example/inspiration: Frank Zappa, who would intentionally give beautiful instrumentals titles like "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace", "G Spot Tornado", and "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth".
- The Motion City Soundtrack song, "Let's Get Fucked Up and Die" is example enough. But, to go further, the song begins with the titular lyric, followed by, "I'm speaking figuratively of course." Once you think about the figurative meanings of "die" ... Yeah.
- Jimmy Buffett's "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)" was considered a novelty song and was a jukebox favorite for many years. When there are children in the audience, Buffett sings "Why Don't We Get Lunch In School."
- And there's always "(I'd Just Like To Fuck You) One More Time" and the rest of David Allan Coe's "underground" repertoire.
- In, 1967, The Monkees made a song called "Randy Scouse Git"note (a phrase the band had heard on Brit Com Till Death Us do Part), which went uncensored in the US ...because most of us don't know Britsh slang. Everywhere else in the world, the tune was released as "Alternate Title".
- There's a Japanese pop-rock band named Porno Graffiti. It comes from ''Pornograffiti'', an album by the (American) band Extreme; its a portmanteau!
- Nirvana's "Rape Me" from In Utero (labeled as "Waif Me") and it's B-side "Moist Vagina". Also, "Territorial Pissings" and the B-sides album Incesticide.
- The Smashing Pumpkins' "Silverfuck" (labeled as "Silvercrank") from Siamese Dream.
- Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra once teamed up to produce a somewhat splendiferous live album. The title was S&M, as in "Symphony and Metallica". Try telling people the S&M version of this one is great. Try it!
- And of course, they wanted to call their first album Metal Up Your Ass instead of Kill 'Em All.
- The name of Big Black's second album, Songs About Fucking. Exactly What It Says on the Tin, albeit in the wrongest way possible.
- Jello Biafra took advantage of this after The Dead Kennedys were put on trial for obscenity. Following their acquittal, he refused to shake the DA's hand, and then gave him a copy of Songs About Fucking.
- Not actually a case now, but the names of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest got Moral Guardians in quite a stir back in the day.
- Serj Tankian's "Beethoven's Cunt", which is also a Non-Appearing Title.
- In addition to his band, "The Flying Cunts of Chaos"
- "Beethoven's Cunt" is the only song in the Rock Band downloadable content library with a censored title, appearing as "Beethoven's C***" on the menu.
- Nelly Furtado's "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)" (single is titled "...on the Radio")
- Guns N' Roses named a leg of their Use Your Illusion Tour as "Get In The Ring Motherfucker - Round II" (a lyric of one of their songs).
- Tori Amos' "Fat Slut"
- KISS has "Burn Bitch Burn", which is one of the only times they ever actually swear.
- The Double Entendre titles might count ("Love Gun", "Naked City", "Down On Your Knees", "Lick It Up", "Dance All Over Your Face", "Young and Wasted", "Not For The Innocent", "Take It Off", "Seduction of The Innocent" and plenty more).
- Neil Young's song "Fuckin' Up" was written "F* !#in' Up" on the Ragged Glory album. Young says he wrote the song — a loud, off-the-wall rocker about relationships — hoping to get a warning sticker from the Parents Music Resource Center. They didn't give him one. It's rumoured that one of his collaborations with Pearl Jam, "I Got Id", was originally named "I Got Shit" (because that's really in the lyrics).
- "I Got Shit" is the actual title of the song - "I Got Id" was a one-time alternate title for the "Merkinball" single.
- Adrian Legg's "Pass The Valium" yields a predictable request at his live shows.
- Liz Phair's "Hot White Cum", "Fuck and Run", and "Shitloads of Money".
- Nazareth's Hair of the Dog (both song and album) was originally "Son of a Bitch", and the new title is a pun on this ("Heir of the dog").
- There's a conceptual band called "Fuck Your Stupid Civilization."
- On the not-filthy-but-really-awkward end of the scale, there's the band "!!!". Apparently pronounced "chk-chk-chk".
- Similarly, there's the rapper A who chose that name to make it as hard as possible for people to find his work on Napster.
- A is also the name of a British Alternative Rock band - it's unknown as to whether they were also deliberately making their music hard to search for online.
- There's also Meshuggah's album 'Nothing', which probably made some discussions of it resemble an Abbott and Costello routine. In Hebrew and Yiddish, their name may also count - it means "crazy".
- The blink-182 album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket seems to have slipped in under the radar.
- Peaches has loads of them. Some examples include "Slippery Dick", "Diddle My Skittle", "Suck and Let Go", and of course, "Fuck the Pain Away".
- As well as album titles that include Fatherfucker and Impeach My Bush.
- REM "Fuck Me Kitten," printed on the jacket as "Star Me Kitten."
- Holy Fuck
- Fuck Buttons
- Jackie-O Motherfucker
- Machine Gun Fellatio, who brought us such classics as "Pussytown", "Butter My Arse With a Pigeon" and "Mutha Fukka On a Motorcylcle"
- "I Might Be a Cunt, But I'm Not a Fucking Cunt", "Fuck 'Em, Fuck 'Em - The Lot of 'Em!", "Defecate on My Face", "The Penis is Mightier than the Sword" by TISM
- "I Sucked A Lot of Cock to Get Where I Am" by Regurgitator
- "We Hate You South African Bastards" by Microdisney
- "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass" by Yo La Tengo
- The title of Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica was chosen to be awkward — there are clashing consonants in every word. The alternate title Mousetrap Replica, which does a similar thing, was used as part of the title of the song "The Blimp" which appears on the album.
- While we're at it, Trout Mask 's follow up album Lick My Decals Off Baby is almost always referred to as Decals when talking about it to people because it guarantees funny looks when said in real life.
- Even Britney Spears has one with "If U Seek Amy."
- In case you don't get that one, imagine that the title is spelling something out. F-U-C-K Me.
- A big band put out a record called "If You See Kay". In the 1940s.
- The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band have a best of called "The Bestiality of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band"
- The Wildhearts have songs called "Thunderfuck", "Pissjoy", "Shut Your Fucking Mouth And Use Your Fucking Brain" and several others. (They got one S-word onto Top Of The Pops simply by censoring the lyric sheet and not singing too clearly.) They also released an album called "P.H.U.Q."
- "What the name of Lynyrd Skynyrd's first album?" "It's (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)." "That's what I said!"
- The Scissor Sisters, especially once it's learned that not only is there only one woman, but she's the only straight permanent member. This however, is toned down from their original name (the end result of an arms race of vulgarity) "Dead Lesbian and the Fibrillating Scissor Sisters."
- GWAR, or most of their songs anyway: "Fucking an Animal", "Sex Cow", "Sexecutioner", "Preschool Prostitute", "Bring Back the Bomb", "Gonna Kill U", "Knife in Yer Guts", and "Black and Huge". and, while we're at it...
- Their name is thought by some to be an acronym for God, What an Awful Racket. The band, however, have denied this, and said that it "doesn't actually mean anything".
- Cannibal Corpse, with song names such as "Gallery of Suicides", "Meat Hook Sodomy", "Fucked With a Knife", "I Cum Blood", "Edible Autopsy", "Skull Full Of Maggots", "Butchered at Birth" (also an album title), "Addicted to Vaginal Skin", "Necropedophile", "Entrails Ripped From a Virgin's Cunt, and so on in this vein.
- Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You" made for an interesting Grammy nominations list in 2010.
- The Cows' Sexy Pee Story, which has a title track as well as a song called "Shitbeard".
- Test Icicles, anyone?
- Rapper El-P has a song called "Tasmanian Pain Coaster"
- The song "Constellation Dirtbike Head" by Tobacco
- "Shit Towne" by Live
- My Penis is Made of Dogshit. What kind of music do they play? Mostly acoustic grindcore, with a bit of musique concrète.
- Pornopop. And there are two bands with this name!
- Patti Smith's "Pissing in a River". Try telling someone that there's a poignantly beautiful, heart-wrenching song by that name, and they'll probably laugh at you.... until they actually listen to it. Wow! (Look it up on YouTube. You're welcome.)
- Patti Smith was also responsible for "Hard Nipples," "Piss Factory," and "Rock n' Roll Nigger."
- Cock and Ball Torture.
- Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs' "I Couldn't Spell !!*@!". (The chorus goes "I'd have wrote you a letter but I couldn't spell (Bronx Cheer)."
- The last song on The Rolling Stones' Goat's Head Soup was originally titled "Star Fucker". Ahmet Ertegün of Atlantic Records made them change it to "Star Star".
- "Mother !*!*!* Boogie", an instrumental boogie-woogie piece by Mungo Jerry.
- The band "Gary Glitter's Hard Drive," now a bunch of practical unknowns.
- The Broken Penis Orchestra.
- Mindless Self Indulgence.
- Mudhoney's single "You Stupid Asshole". There's also "Run Shithead Run" from the soundtrack of With Honors: They titled it that way because they hoped their submission to the soundtrack would be rejected, but it wasn't.
- A non-profane example would be The 6ths and their albums Wasps' Nests and Hynacinths and Thistles - Stephin Merritt has said he specifically chose the band's name and album titles because they would be difficult to say aloud (especially if one has a lisp).
- The Bloody Beetroots give us "Fucked from Above 1985."
- Believe it or not, there is actually a band called Child Pornography.
- In a different kind of awkward: Their second album is titled "The Beatles" and bears a blank white cover.
- Japanese Torture Comedy Hour, a noise act featuring members of Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
- Richard Ramirez (yes, that's his given name) has a real name that was unintentionally awkward and a lot of bands/nicknames that weren't: Priest In Shit, Black Leather Jesus, Anal Drill, Fuck Patrol, Last Rape, 12yr Old Proud Parent, Naked Girl Killed In Park, the list goes on and on...
- While the name is relatively mild compared to some, there's The Urinals, who later changed their name to the less awkward to discuss 100 Flowers.
- Joy Electric has an album called The Tick Tock Treasury. As he described it at a concert on May 1, 2003:
Ronnie Martin: I had a new record come out two weeks ago, and it's called the, uh, The Tick Tock Treasury. And, uh, that is the, uh, the fourth time I've had the guts to say that title in front of people. You know. Sometimes it takes a lot, you know? You take the risks, you pay the price.
- The Fags. They're actually a perfectly accessible Power Pop band who happened to choose a name that pretty much guarantees them no mainstream radio play. They also played on the other, less offensive meaning of their name by calling an album Light 'Em Up.
- Atlanta rapper Tity Boi, though he eventually started going by the more "family friendly" moniker 2 Chainz.
- Perhaps in mockery of these tendencies, there is a hip-hop musician who records under the name "Cusswords."
- Anthony Shaw, of such acts as Haemorrhaging Fetus, Teenage Strangler, She Said No, A Machine Called Orgasm, and Albert Fish Is My Hero.
- The Finnish Metalcore band Acid Drinkers, who have a song called "When You Say to Me 'Fuck You', Say it Louder". The chorus of the song is pretty much that.
- Dominick Fernow of Prurient is also part of Exploring Jezebel, whose albums and tracks all have very long and/or awkward titles involving male feminization, objectification and masochism.
- The Fucking Champs. They originally wanted to be simply The Champs, but found that the name was taken (by the group best known for "Tequila"). Additionally, the band Trans Am did a couple of collaborative albums with The Fucking Champs - once as Trans Champs, and once as the somewhat more awkward to discuss Fucking Am.
- Albeit to a lesser degree, Joy Division's name was this. They were named after the prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp from Ka-tzetnik 135633's novel The House Of Dolls. This often led to fascist fanatics attending Joy Division gigs, and the band are known to have often spat on said fascists in disgust. The fact the follow-up band to Joy Division after Ian Curtis' suicide were named New Order didn't really help matters.
- One of the songs off punk band Pairs' second full length: "A Surgeon At A Hospital In Shanghai Severed A Nerve In My Groin." It's a Non-Indicative Name, much like several of the others in said album.
- The New Pornographers. Unlike most of the bands listed here, they've only produced one song that could be considered sexually explicit, and that's only by their own description: "Entering White Cecilia". The title is exactly what it sounds like, but you'd never guess it from the rest of the lyrics.
- My Dick, a novelty band who cover popular songs and change certain lyrics to "dick" or "my dick". This of course results in awkward song titles like "Don't Go Breaking My Dick" and "Dancing In My Dick".
- Rapeman. Steve Albini also confirmed that it's sort of a Shout-Out to The Rapeman, as already mentioned in the anime section.
- There's a canon in B flat major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart entitled "Leck mich im Arsch" (literally "Lick me in the arse".)
- Morning Musume's 53rd single very nearly was released under the title "Buresuto" — which is short for "Brainstorming", but when said aloud, brings to mind something else. However, in the end the single was named "Brainstorming" after all.
- The Crucifucks: (a.k.a. "Scribbles") When your opening bands consist of mostly high school kids at all ages shows, you need a back-up name for the fliers. After getting signed to Alternative Tentacles, The Crucifucks were the opening act.
- The Pieces Of Shit, who are Talking Heads' David Byrne and Will Oldham collaborating on songs for the film This Must Be The Place.
- There is one artist called Fucky Fuck and the Fuckers; their only song is called FUCK THE FUCKIN FUCK.
- The final studio album Badfinger recorded for Apple Records in 1973 was titled Ass. A painting of a mule walking towards a carrot on a stick (a Take That at their financial troubles) as the sun sets ahead was featured on the album cover.
- Early Skinless albums would name about half their songs this way. Memorable examples include "Pool of Stool", "Tug of War Intestines", and the crowner, "Tampon Lollipops".
- Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles have a song named "El Disco Anal" ("disco" here meaning both "music album" and that dead genre from the 70's. It's a cleverly worded petition of a man to have anal sex with his lover for the very first time, without actually using naugthy words or expecifing the act, set to disco music. When the thing became a radio single, they cut the Title Drop in the beggining and contorted to call the song "El disco" or "Disco A". Also, a Korean band covered the song and remamed it "Disco Amor".
- Math rock band Giraffes? Giraffes! is already an example, but most of their track titles are either surreal or long, usually both. The most awkward of which is most likely, "I am S/H(im)e[r] as You am S/H(im)e[r] As You Are Me And We Am I and I Are All Our Together: Our Collective Consciousness' Psychogenic Fugue."
- Gangsta Bitch, who were originally Gangsta Bitch Barbie before their name came to the attention of Mattel.
- Meatloaf collaborator Jim Steinman claims to have been in a band in college called The Clitoris That Thought It Was a Puppy. Meatloaf doesn't believe him. A popular misconception is that it was his high school band, which would put it somewhere in the mid 60s!
- Shitdisco. There's probably a bit of Self-Deprecation in their name, as they're a Dance-Punk band who claim to have some unironic disco influences.
- German Punk Rock band Big Balls And The Great White Idiot, who also have the notable song title "I'm Singing To You With My Finger In Your Ass".
- "Leviticus: Faggot" by Meshell Ndegeocello.
- Leftöver Crack is a fairly mild example, but with song and album titles like "Fuck World Trade", "One Dead Cop" and "Baby-punchers". Played straighter with Stza's side project "Star Fucking Hipsters".
- Shit Robot.
- Loverboy depending on the context.
- Steely Dan is pretty much named after a strap-on dildo from Naked Lunch.
- Abörted Hitler Cöck, who probably have the worst band name ever. As if that wasn't enough their songs and albums tend to be full of Black Comedy Rape, Toilet Humor, Vulgar Humor, and other related tropes. Wanna listen to "Using Rapebabies as Riot Shields" from "Erections at an Animal Autopsy"? This even extends to the band's members, a pair of masked luchadores named El Bukkake and El Fucko.
- The early-80s British anarcho-punk band Flux of Pink Indians are now chiefly remembered for the Intentionally Awkward Title of their album The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks, which led to an unsuccessful prosecution of a record shop for criminal obscenity.
- Alphaville titled their fourth album Prostitute even though the word doesn't appear in any of the song lyrics or song titles.
- All Tales of MU chapter titles exemplify this trope.
- One of the reasons the website The Daily WTF was renamed to Worse Than Failure was because of this. It was recently changed back.
- Superdickery.com is occasionally subject to this in conversation.
- Weirdly, moreso than the much less ambiguous original name of the site, Superman is a Dick.
- Programming geeks the world over have probably had trouble discussing a certain minimalist programming language.
- YouTube Poop. Makes you feel kinda icky just typing it.
- A number of lonelygirl15 episodes have titles which could be read more than one way, such as "Awkward Threesome", "Girl Tied Up" and "Jennie Bares All", which Amanda Goodfried has claimed responsibility for. There's also an episode called "Lying Bastards".
- There's a KateModern episode called "Pissed".
- MaxterBexter: "Fish Tacos" would probably be a case of Have a Gay Old Time, were it not for this dialogue:
Becki: I got fish tacos! Nothing bad implied there...
Max: Your fish tacos?
Becki: Shut up!
Max: Very nice...
Becki: Little children watch this! Be discreet, come on.
- Just try pronouncing http://slashdot.org aloud.
- The website Uke Hunt (say it out loud, and it's the instrument, not the other kind of uke). The site owner has acknowledged this and seems amused by it.
- The Nostalgia Critic videos "Top 11 Fuck Ups", "Top 11 Mindfucks", and "Holiday Clusterfuck" (Although some of the titles are censored on the episode page.)
- Felicia Day has coined the term "Vaginal Fantasy" as a tongue-in-cheek description of urban or historical fantasy fiction that is aimed at women and prominently involves romance and/or sex. Once a month, she'll discuss such novels with her friends in a Google+ Hangout On Air, and also post the discussion to YouTube - naturally it can be awkward mentioning that you were just watching something called "Vaginal Fantasy Hangout #2".
- It's popular on Tumblr for fansites to name themselves following the Snowclone, "Fuckyeah, [subject]!" Common alternatives are "hellyeah", "heckyeah", or "fyeah", if the person in charge doesn't want to swear in the blog title.
- Total Dick-Head: It's a blog about science fiction author Philip K Dick.
- The Best Page In The Universe: it's difficult to take about the title of the work without sounding extremely subjective.
- Reddit features a series of forums called the "SFW Porn network." This is simply meant in the sense of Scenery Porn or Food Porn, gorgeous pictures of the subject. (Popular entries include "Space Porn" and "History Porn.") It is often subject to complaints because, even though the pictures are innocuous, you'll still have something named "Porn" in your browser history, which can cause trouble at work or with your network firewall. For extra bonus awkwardness points, there are entries entitled "Animal Porn" and "Human Porn."
- 7UP ran a brief campaign featuring Orlando Jones. The tagline? "Make 7UP Yours".
- He wore a t-shirt in the first commercial (which you could buy). "Make 7" was on the front.
- The Swedish vacuum cleaner company Electrolux once sold its products in the UK with the slogan "Nothing Sucks like an Electrolux." Needless to say, it didn't sell very well.
- This was actually completely intentional, and succeded in getting the attention it was intended to, for years.
- In 1978, Loriot, a German comedian whose sketch show rivals Monty Python's Flying Circus in popularity in Germany to this day, had one sketch in which a salesman visits a housewife to sell her the new "Heinzelmann" vacuum cleaner. Several times he quotes the products slogans "It sucks and blows the Heinzelmann, where mom can only suck." Since Loriots entire work was based on akwardness, the inuendo was surely intentional.
- Another Swedish example: An ad which was supposed to feature a new brand of cookies and a couple of older ladies, turned into this when one of the ladies said "we like all six" (referring to the six different tastes). The Swedish translation for "we like all six" can also mean "we all like sex." That line became the slogan.
- The British and Japanese clothing line, 'Fcuk' (French Connection United Kingdom). In parody of this, a British company making cute wooden ornaments of wetland birds calls itself 'Dcuk'.
- Derwent College at the University of York also sells 'DCUK' merchandise - the university's symbol is a mallard duck. As the campus is built around a large artificial lake, ducks and other waterfowl are a common sight and feature in any number of popular urban legends and memes.
- When a French Connection UK store was opening, they put up large signs in the windows read "FCUK SOON" (leading to complaints). A pub around the corner called the Five & Lime put up their own signs reading "fluk now".
- Someone's selling "CNUT" shirts celebrating the Danish king.
- The Sedgwick Club, Cambridge University's geology student society, uses the abbreviation SCUK.
- Deviant ART, almost certainly. The official name for those registered there is Deviants, which can get a little, ah, interesting when trying to explain IRL that you already exhibit your art, and where.
- Mixed drinks. Someone decided you need to be either vaguely embarrassed or stupidly impressed with your own wit when you ask the bartender to give you Sex on the Beach, a Screaming Orgasm, a Slow Comfortable Screw, Fuck Me Hard, etc.
- Lampshaded in the Yahoo Serious movie Reckless Kelly when Kelly goes into a bar and asks for a Cocksucking Cowboy- and gets one. He opts for a glass of water instead.
- There used to exist a minor league hockey team in Macon, Georgia. The name of the team? Why the Macon Whoopee of course! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macon_Whoopee
- Eighty percent of Americans are not allowed to repeat the titles of most Richard Pryor albums. These albums were up for Grammy awards most years, which must have made the ceremonies interesting.
- Quite a few guitar effects pedal manufacturers do this, probably inspired by Electro-Harmonix—proud designers of the famous Big Muff, not to mention the Bass Balls, the Black Finger, and the Golden Throat Mouth Tube!
- The Young Conservatives rebranded themselves as Conservative Future in 1997 after William Hague became party leader. Some bright spark decided to put out literature using a "CFUK" (Conservative Future UK) branding. Given how well the party was regarded at the time (not very highly, to say the least), it backfired. FCUK actually threatened to sue them over the similarity. The Liberal Democrats put out flyers saying "CFUK are a bunch of AWNKERS". Oh, the irony.
- Starbucks recently began selling "petites", including one called the "Red Velvet Whoopie Pie". Baristas usually just call them "Red Velvets."
- The drug flavoxate, a urinary antispasmodic, was marketed under the name "Urispas" (pronounced "you're a spaz"). Try telling this to someone who's already trying not to pee...
- The New Zealand pizza chain Hell. They specialise in spicy pizzas.
- There's a town in Austria called Fucking. People keep stealing the town's name sign, too. Taking advantage to this, a beer brewer built a factory there to make pale lager, which in German is called Hell. So now you can buy your beer bottles of Fucking Hell.
- There was a scheduler for Linux called the Brain Fuck Scheduler (no relation to the Brainfuck programming language) written by Con Kolivas. The name likely reflects frustration at kernel development politics that had put an end to an earlier scheduler by the same author called Completely Fair Scheduler.
- The most likely explanation for the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
- Ditto for File System Consistency Check, the common name for the program used to fix corrupted data on UNIX systems. Not only is the name unpronounceable, but it's only one letter off from a major swear word. And if it fails to save your data, then you're fsck'ed.
- The title of Panty Explosion is intended as a parody of the Word Salad Title school of anime naming, but ends up invoking this trope as well.
- Magic: The Gathering's joke set Unhinged has several, including Assquach, City of Ass, and Necro-Impotence.
- The roleplaying supplement for BESM titled "Cute And Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters". Even though the phrase refers to roosters and the book is about Mons, many bookstores refused to carry it because of the title. The authors ended up producing a different edition without the "Cockfighting", and selling the original version only to specialty stores.
- You Are Empty is a rather interesting name for an FPS.
- The Wii was known by the project name "Revolution" during production note . The fact that the console went from having such a cool name to such a weird one made people all around the world discuss "the stupid name" for months. It's believed to be one of Nintendo's smartest moves. Some even say they like the name "Wii" better, since the name "Revolution" is too much like "Xbox 360" (360 degrees = 1 revolution).
- In Slavic Mythology, Wii◊ (or Viy) is a powerful demon able to see (and kill) everything with its gaze. Bet that one wasn't intentional.
- The Ratchet & Clank gamess are well-known for their innuendo-loving subtitles, which are often changed for the European release. What makes them especially clever is that they all tie into a major story or gameplay element.
- The second game started the trend with Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, referencing Ratchet's status as a Commando for Megacorp. It got changed to Locked and Loaded for some European regions, but sometimes that wasn't enough and the subtitle would be dropped entirely.
- Lest audiences thought that was an accident, part 3 was subtitled Up Your Arsenal as a reference to the weapons ability to upgrade to V5 (it also has the largest arsenal of any Ratchet title). This one was so bad that there was never a replacement subtitle for it, the other option simply being Rathcet & Clank 3 (it was originally named Rear Assault. You decide which is more suggestive).
- Deadlocked has connotations of bondage, the European subtitle being Gladiator. One refers to the gladiator show the heroes are forced into, and the other refers to the collars that keeps them in line.
- This was followed up with Size Matters (a PSP title that amusingly got ported to the PS2).
- Tools of Destruction likely refers to, ahem, a certain body part, as well as the Dimensionator.
- Quest for Booty had pirates as a major story theme, in addition to Ratchet's search for Clank. This was one of the pitched names for Tools of Destruction.
- A Crack In Time, with a story based around time travel, had the working subtitle of Clock Blockers. It's not surprising to see why Sony had to step in for that one.
- It happened again for the game after that which focused around four player co-op: All 4 One was originally going to be subtitled as Ratchet & Clank: 4-Play until it was presented to Sony.
- The twelth title, Full Frontal Assault, refers to the tower-defence gameplay focus and possibly refers to Up Your Arsenal's working title. In Europe it got changed to Q-Force.
- Big Mutha Truckers, anyone?
- Time Fcuk (also known as Time Fkcu" or "Time Fkuc",)
- Dwarf Fortress, full name: Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress: Histories of X and Y.
- "Gay Sex!", an iPhone card game.
- Which rather notoriously rose to the top spot of GameFAQs' most-visited games list, meaning it was on the front page for all to see, and didn't show any sign of dropping, because curiosity brought new people to the page all the time. It was eventually removed from the site's otherwise comprehensive games list for...fairly self-evident reasons. Although this is often considered a blow for both free speech and gay rights on the site.
- Deus Ex, especially for people who don't know how to pronounce Latin (Jew Sex? Do Sex?)
- Even the correct pronunciation, when spoken rapidly, could come out similar to "day sex."
- Its a little early to add this, but the inevitable Final Fantasy XXX will either be this trope or Square Enix will have to come up with some kind of interesting way around it.
- Work Time Fun. The abreviation is almost always printed on the box in huge letters, while the full title is printed in smaller letters and is less noticable.
- The X-series of games features enemy aliens named Kha'ak. Go ahead, explain that they suck to your mother. The in game computer doesn't even try to avoid the problem. You will be attacked by Kha'ak.
- The Touch Dictionary on the DS had its name shortend to Touch Dic on its cover. Cue internet memes
- Similar to the Final Fantasy example above, Guilty Gear had Guilty Gear X and its many, many sequels under the Guilty Gear XX label. When it finally came time for the next non XX fighting game, though, they avoided the obvious title and called it Guilty Gear Xrd.
- AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity. The developers could have named it something more sensible like "Xtreme Base Jumping", but then they wouldn't have been able to say "This is my game, it's called AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAA!!!" This continues with two other games of theirs, titled "1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)" and the less awkward but still hard to talk about in public Drunken Robot Pornography.
- The title of the games in the Akiba's Trip series is written as AKIBA'STRIP on the box art, with no space between the words. And, yes, it is a game about taking people's clothes off. (Because they're vampires that are destroyed by sunlight, you see...)
- Irritating Stick for the PlayStation. The title actually describes the game fairly well (and is a fairly literal translation of the game's Japanese name), but it's very easy to ridicule.
- Katawa Shoujo, a VN in which each main character has a physical handicap, is the Japanese equivalent of making a Dating Sim where all of the girls are on the autistic spectrum and naming it "Retard Girls". Although based on a tongue-in-cheek doujin, it does handle the subject matter a lot more respectfully than one would expect from the title.
- Gunnerkrigg Court. That is an odd combination of syllables. Tom Siddell confirms that this was intentional: "I wanted a title that was intentionally awkward and easy to search for on Google."
- Fruit Incest. The name is meant to be nothing more than an eye catcher. Also ironic since the comic itself is usually squeaky clean.
- The title Questionable Content sounds as if the page's content were questionable. Gives it an Forbidden Fruit appeal.
- The Devil's Panties: It's not satanic porn! Honest!
- City of Reality. The name is eerily dissonant to both readers and outsider characters. (The residents of said city think it fits perfectly, though.) It's apparently based on a rather unconventional definition of the term.
- Sinfest. Despite the name, it's almost clean enough to pass as a newspaper comic (it actually started as a comic in a college newspaper).
- The Socialist. Has absolutely nothing to do with the socioeconomic movement called Socialism. The main character works at a social media marketing company, despite having no experience in social media. She thinks that those who use social media are called "socialists".
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and yes, the exclamation point is part of the official title. If you can avoid giggling to yourself when you say this out loud and can spit the whole thing in a single breath, the people you said it to will usually react with raised eyebrows, Flat "What.", polite giggles or stepping away slowly. Which is a pity, since the show is actually pretty good, the title is just deliberately over-the-top.
- The makers of Batman Beyond considered naming the show The Tomorrow Knight, which would prompt advertising like "Tomorrow night on Tomorrow Knight".
- Some of the episode names for TV Funhouse (both on Saturday Night Live and its own series) recurring sketch The Ambiguously Gay Duo, including: "Blow Hot, Blow Cold", "A Hard One To Swallow", "Trouble Coming Twice", "The Third Leg Of Justice", "First Served, First Come". But considering the whole point of the show is to slap around random innuendos, the episode titles are tame.
- Episode titles don't get much more intentionally awkward than "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy."
- North Carolina's yearly What The Hell Con is a minor example.
- On a slightly more local scale than most examples, the improv comedy club at the University of California, Irvine is called "Live Nude People."
- The Government of Ontario, Canada has an energy conservation campaign called "FLICK OFF", with the already-titillating slogan universally written in uppercase letters with a slightly curved L. The website for the campaign is replete with Double Entendre.
- The Victoria University of Wellington Student Association ran a campaign in 2008 promoting sexual health checkups for men. The campaign's name? "I Heart My Penis". It got a bit awkward when the Association president wore a shirt with the campaign name on it to a graduation ceremony.
- An annual sex Q&A/safety education thing at one college: "I <3 Female Orgasm". Besides posters all over campus, there were also 2-inch buttons handed out for publicity.
- Well, if you put your button in my hand... No, I can't say it! I feel unclean, unclean!
- There have recently been a few irreverent breast cancer campaigns. To wit: "Save the Ta-Tas" (started by film critic Joe Bob Briggs), "Feel Your Boobies", "Boobapalooza", etc.
- One made for Mexico pictured women wearing a T-shirt with the legend "Favor de tocar" ("Please touch").
- In the 1960s an anarchist group formed that called themselves "Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers", mainly to frustrate news media by having an "unprintable" name.