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Saturday, November 05, 2005

BJ League

プロバスク「bjリーグ」

A new professional basketball league debuts today in Japan. And it follows an unfortunate but hilarious Japanese tradition of badly choosing an acronym or product name. The "BJ League" will feature six teams based in cities around Japan, and is sure to draw snickers from foreign fans. It joins other badly--some would say deliciously--named goods:

Cars
Daihatsu Naked

Mineral Water
Kolic

Cigarettes
Hope

Japanese Coffee Creamer
Creap Creamy Powder

Sport Drink
Pocari Sweat
Calpis (pronounced in Japanese: cow piss)

Canned CoffeeGod

Gum

Shocking gum

Clothing Brand
Bitch

Instant coffee
I'm Dripper

...and many, many more too numerous to mention.

[For non-Americans bj is blow job]

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