If you’re not a native speaker of Swedish — and even if you are — you might be confused as you walk around an IKEA store.
Business Insider has previously reported that IKEA relies on a special system to label its products, designed by its founder Ingvar Kamprad, who was dyslexic and didn’t want to use numbers. For example, furniture items are named after Swedish places. Chairs and desks have men’s names. Children’s items are named after mammals and birds.
That doesn’t really make things any less confusing for English-speaking customers, though. So it helps to take a look at this unofficial IKEA dictionary, created by Rubiks cube expert Lars Petrus. He cautions that in his dictionary, the definitions can be incomplete or wrong “since the words are deliberately ambigious, and several places have the same name,” so we’ve cross-referenced them all with other sources.
Below, we’ve highlighted some of the quirkiest product names in the IKEA lexicon, along with their English translation and their corresponding product.
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