It's official: the Swedes are messing with us. Their Ikea furniture names are not only unpronounceable, but also making us Americans look a fool. Here we are asking for a "FNISS" trash can at Ikea, but in reality we're saying we'd like a "giggle." Of course, some names they pick are downright adorable, such as LURVIG — "shaggy" — for their pet collection, but don't be fooled by one sweet moniker! Around the next corner you could be asking for a "chubby" table lamp.
If you've ever been curious about what exactly the Swedish Ikea names mean, we have a place for you to go: Lars Petrus' The Ikea Dictionary fan website. While we can't confirm that all of his translations are accurate, we have double checked these seven, and they're lowkey hilarious:
"Thingy," or "contraption"
A clumsy drawing, or a painting executed without much skill
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.