The fun part of looking through the Ikea catalog is reading out the Swedish product names: EKTORP, TROMSÖ, BJÖRKUDDEN, JONSBO GRYBY… There is a system to Ikea product naming that matches word categories to product categories: occupations for bookcases, Swedish islands for garden furniture, etc. Beyond that, the word for a product will often be a simple description of some aspect of the product. For example, FRAKTA, “to carry,” is a bag; HUSET, “house,” is a set of dollhouse furniture; DISKA, “to wash dishes,” is a dishwashing brush.

There are other names, however, that do not seem to relate to their products in any way. In fact, these 14 Ikea product names almost directly contradict the products they’re attached to.

1. ÄRFTLIG – hereditary, inheritable


Son, these paper napkins have served us well. I hope you will one day pass them on to your grandchildren.

2. STRAPATS – hardship


Ugh! I can’t believe I have to step all the way down on this pedal just to throw something away!

3. EKORRE – squirrel


Indeed.

4. ENVIS – stubborn, headstrong

Who are you calling “spatula,” huh? I’m going to carve that Thanksgiving turkey myself. You’ll see.

5. FLÖRT – flirt

Could you lean back a bit? Yeah…let me just…reach over here…oops! Sorry…I…OK, got it. What should we watch next?

6. FNISS – giggles


Awwww! Look at this! Who’s a wittle, bittle, ball o’ trash? You are! You’re the cutie!

7. FÖRNUFT – reason, sense


Because the emotional silverware always feeds you too much.

8. IMPULS – impulse


Fill it with poppy seeds! No! rubber cement! Wait! No! Half honey, half bleach!

9. KOLON – colon


Twice the size of SEMIKOLON.

10. SENSUELL – sensual


Calphalon’s got nothing on those curves.

11. TYDA – Interpret, decipher


Yes, it’s a cabinet handle, but what does it mean?

12. UPPENBAR - obvious


Pssht! Everyone knows 20 ounces is equal to 5.914706 deciliters.

13. VILSE – lost


It was here a second ago…

14. SYRLIG – acidic, tart


They do all the work and the curtains get all the attention. You’d be sour too.