March 31, 2002
Unfortunate Names

In NRO's "On the Corner", Dave Kopel writes:

A businessman plans to open a Chinese restaurant in Denver named "Mao." It's too bad that naming a restaurant after a genocidal tyrant is considered chic. What's next, a German restaurant named "Adolf"?

There is a Japanese restaurant in Charlottesville named "Tokyo Rose". What's next, "Quisling's Place" for Norwegian delicacies? I hope the name "Tokyo Rose" is just an unfortunate coincidence and refers to the flower, not the traitor. (A student once came into my office, saw a copy of Apuleius' great Roman novel The Golden Ass on my desk, and said "I hope that's a donkey". It is.)

Even worse than Tokyo Rose is a used record and CD store in Tuscaloosa named "Vinyl Solutions". I had walked by at least a dozen times before I realized what that reminded me of. Perhaps the owners still haven't figured it out, and just picked the name for its vaguely portentous ring. At least I hope so.

It's been a few years since I've been to either, but according to the Yahoo Yellow Pages both are still in business.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 31, 2002 10:10 PM