Some dinosaur names sound really unfortunate. Vagaceratops (meaning wandering horned face), Tuojiangosaurus (pronounced too-HWANG-o-sore-us, named after the Tuo River in China), Sinusonasus (meaning Chinese snout), Scrotum (currently invalid, thank God), Pantydraco (named after Pant-y-ffynnon, Wales), Nigersaurus (named after where it was found), Liubangosaurus (named after the nearby town of Liubang, China), Drinker (named after Edward Drinker Cope), Erectopus (meaning upright foot), Fukuiraptor (named after Fukui Province, Japan), Jurassosaurus (also invalid and now referred to as Liaoningosaurus), and Gasosaurus (named because it was found by a petroleum company), to name a few.
Canola oil is derived from the rape plant. Indeed, the term "canola oil" was invented (from the phrase "Canadian oil, low acid") in The Seventies both for trademark reasons, since in Canada trademarked names can't be similar to common words, and because the folks who were making it were afraid that people (read: women/housewives) wouldn't buy "Rapeseed oil." The Canadian Rapeseed Association specifically noted the bad connotations of the word "rapeseed" when the term was introduced. This isn't as much of a problem in the rest of the world where the word "rape" has no such connotation.
Tisdale, Saskatchewan was so famous for its production of such oil, alongside honey, that it adopted the motto "The Land of Rape and Honey". You might recognise that as the title of a Ministry album.
In Cincinnati, Ohio and surrounding areas, there is a dish which consists of spaghetti noodles, Cincinnati-style chili, and grated cheddar cheese. Its name? "Three-Way".
If you add onions or beans it is called a four way. If you add onions and beans it is called a five way.
Not even the Taiwanese Air Force is immune from this: their locally produced fighter is called the F-CK-1.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is no laughing matter. But one can't help but snicker nowadays when calling them by their more popular acronym. FYI, they called themselves the MILF way before that other meaning came out.
In 2007, Seattle got a streetcar. The proposed name? South Lake Union Transit. It's now called the Seattle Streetcar which... isn't better.
The streetcar's unfortunate name was pointed out by The Stranger, an "alternative" paper that often indulges in raunchy humor and commentary (it's the home of sex columnists Dan Savage and Mistress Matisse), and T-shirts with "Ride the [SLUT]" are freely available at independent booksellers and coffee shops in town.
The First Unitarian Church of Berkeley isn't actually in Berkeley, California. It's in the next town north, Kensington. The "First Unitarian Church of Kensington" wouldn't abbreviate well, because...
Nad's Natural Hair Removal Gel. Probably not intended for that particular area.
The California Bay Area's regional train system is known quite commonly as B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Plans for a similar system in the Fresno region surprisingly got off the ground shortly after. The two names used being 'Fresno Area Rapid Transit' and 'Fresno Area Rapid Transport System'.
The everlasting classic Pen Island, manufacturer of pens.
Even better they go with it "We specialize in wood"
And just to take the Innocent Innuendo even further, their FAQ features the question: "Can I provide my own wood?" And even better, the answer is yes, providing that the sample is clean and free of parasites.
The game development studio Behaviour Interactive used to be called "Artificial Mind and Movement" which isn't too bad, except that their name shortened to "A2M". Go ahead, google it.
There exists at least one racehorse with the name "Hoof Hearted". It may not look bad on paper, but try saying it out loud...
There is a dance style related to the jitterbug called "shag" found along the North and South Carolina coasts. Cue British tourists snickering every time they pass signs for "shag lessons" or "shag contests".
You think that's bad? (It's a ballroom studio. Ironically, they do not teach the Carolina Shag. And yes, one of the owners is British and yes, he knows EXACTLY what the word means in the UK.)
The restaurant chain Sambo's got hit hard with this in the wake of the civil rights movement — although the name was derived from founders Sam Battistone Sr. and Newell Bohnett, the word "sambo" is also a perjorative term for African Americans. It didn't help that Little Sambo, the mascot for the restaurant chain, was an African child. In some towns, they were forced to operate under the name Jolly Tiger, and some locations were re-branded Season's or No Place Like Sam's. Controversy over the name was one of the main reasons that the chain almost completely went under in 1981note the other being that management was essentially running a pyramid scheme, although one still operates in Santa Barbara, California.
The term "Anal Personality" coined by Sigmund Freud really sounds more like an insult disguised as a medical diagnosis.
Financial firm Schroders was launching a new investment vehicle called the Schroders High Income Trust. They'd printed most of the promotional materials when someone noticed and the name was hurriedly changed to the Schroders High Income Fund.
It's somewhat fitting that UNESCO's program to bring universal internet coverage to all people has the acronym IFAP...
Presenting the Wunder Boner! That could not have been accidental.
Universal Technical Institute, an Arizona technical college specializing in training mechanics, has uncomfortable initials for anyone suffering a urinary tract infection.
They're meant to be a sober publishing company for medical textbooks in India, but Peepee Publishers have one heck of an Unfortunate Name. Transliterating initials is common practice for Indian company names; the actual name would be better rendered "P.P. Publishers", which is a little better.
There are people who have the surname McPhail.
Louisiana Tech's sports teams are called the Bulldogs...except for women's sports where the name is the Lady Techsters (pronounced texters), which is a rather unfortunate stereotype of women.
People whose names are identical to powerful hurricanes like Sandy or Katrina probably felt this trope at least once.
Hugh "Wavy Gravy" Romney (no relation to Mitt Romney) named his son "Howdy Do-Good Gravy Tomahawk Truckstop Romney". Which probably explains why the lad changed his name as soon as legally possible (on his 13th birthday, to be precise). Now he is just plain "Jordan Romney", thank you very much.
At King's College University of London, there's evidently something called "Dickson Poon Schhol of Law"
Otto Titzlinger was the inventor of the brassiere.
Canada's currency is nicknamed the "Loonie" (due to the one dollar coin having a duck on one face). As Robin Williams put it, "How can you take an economic crisis seriously?".
Fashism.com, a page about fashion.
A German company called Trekstor released an mp3 player called i.beat Blaxx in 2007. After receiving complaints, they changed the name to Trek Stor Blaxx.
The London and North Western Railway used the Problem-class 2-2-2 from the late 1850s to the turn of the century. Why they were called "Problems" is not known, as the class seemed to work quite well, and trying to decipher LNWR naming conventions is impossible. Railfans also call them the "Lady of the Lake" class, which is a much more graceful name for these big-wheel express engines.
Every thirteen-year-old's favourite World War II vessel, the HMS Gay Viking. Built by Camper and Nicholson to smuggle ball bearings from Sweden to Britain, along with the Gay Corsair and the Master Standfast, the Gay Viking's career was cut short in 1945, when she was rammed from behind by another ship, requiring all the seamen aboard to evacuate. We could go on here, but we won't.
At least it wasn't rammed by another well-known British ship of the era, the HMS Cockchafer.
The mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is called Fuleco. The runner-up names were even worse, Amijubi and Zuzeco.
The NPD Group marketing research company shares their name with the NPD, the strongest Nazi party in modern Germany. This causes some irritation with German readers of news such as "NPD Group publishes the number of copies Game X sold" or "Company X cooperates with the NPD group".
The B-1 Lancer bomber is often refered to as the "Bone" (B-ONE). There is now a B-1R model. Mhmm.
In the 40s, a Soviet car was being designed under the name of "Homeland". Upon hearing this, Stalin pointed out homeland isn't something to be sold. The name was immediately chaged to "Victory", the price of which is well known.
Speaking of the Soviet Union and Stalin,Russia (still!) has a venerable brand of cigarettes named Belomorkanal, in honour of the famous canal from the White Sea to the Baltic, constructed in Stalin's time. Said construction was the work of a death/slave labour gulag that killed at least 100,000 people, and when it was done, it wasn't done right (go figure), so it had to be started all over again. This noble Soviet triumph was celebrated by the introduction of Belomorkanal cigarettes. Imagine if you could go to Germany and buy a pack of Treblinka 100's.
In Michigan, a coffeehouse chain originally went by the name Beaner's Coffee. The owners, who were unaware that "beaner" is a racial slur for Hispanics, agreed to change it to Biggby Coffee in 2007. The newer name also doubles a a Stealth Pun, as their logo is a big letter B.
Grupo Bimbo. While it is a Spanish name, the brand tends to make people in the United States and Canada (If you can find it up there!) laugh whenever it's seen on the shelves, because "Bimbo" is slang for an unintelligent woman.
Osram. It's a company known as a light bulb manufacturer, except that, in Polish, it roughly means "[I] will shit [on something]". And yes, its products are rather well-known in Poland. The locals are resigned to that. We won't go on on whether it's some sort of metaphor; at least, there is the occasional joke: "what is hanging above your head menacingly?".
Several NATO Reporting Names for Soviet Fighters run the range from cool (Havoc, Fulcrum, Bear, Butcher) to stupid-sounding (Box, Blowlamp, Farmer, Mitten). However, the MiG-15 has the rather unfortunate reporting name of "Fagot".