July 25, 2003


US restaurant chain Arby’s has adopted the Australian Naming Rules.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 25, 2003 12:23 AM

I thought the Australian Naming Rules stated that everyone and everything had to be named "Bruce."

(Sorry about the Monty Python ref, I couldn't resist.)

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at July 25, 2003 at 04:45 AM

What about "Walter Mitty"?
An Australian version would have to be named "The Parrot", in recognition that a certain broadcaster also does his best work with someone's hand wedged up his clacker.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at July 25, 2003 at 11:34 AM

The counter side to this is that foriegn names often mistify the Australians.

Americans eat something called Buffalo Wings. The immediate Aussie reaction is "Bullshit, Buffalo don't have wings." In Australia they would be called chicken wings and that's that.

Posted by: Patrick at July 25, 2003 at 05:20 PM

He was just elected govenor of my state, Massachusetts, "Mitt" Romney.

Posted by: Two in the Hat at July 26, 2003 at 06:20 AM

Umm, Patrick, Buffalo Wings come from Buffalo, New York. The name has nothing to do with the animal.

Posted by: Adam at July 26, 2003 at 10:24 AM