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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A West Palm Beach restaurant set to open in just a few weeks is already gaining a lot of attention all because of its name.

    It's called fuku.

    The owners say it's a Japanese word with a wholesome meaning.

    But as people passed the restaurant on Clematis Street, some did a double take.

    "Everybody that I know who sees the name assumes it's f-you," said J.C. Reyz.

    Fuku really means good fortune, wealth and prosperity.

    Owner Paul Ardaji said he came up with the name while on a trip to Memphis with his business partner.
    "We were walking down the street and I said fuku he looked at me strange but he got where I was going," said Ardaji.

    With that, they named their business and sent a letter to the state to trademark the name. But they were soon turned down.

    "I believe they're culturally unaware of what the word means," their attorney James D'Loughy said. "I think there is some puritanical viewpoint based on the letter we received."

    In a letter to the owners' attorney, the Florida Department of State Divisions of Corporations denied the trademark request because, "The mark consists of, compromises or includes immoral, deceptive or scandalous matter."

    "The state looks at things from a very narrow scope. I think they'll realize it's not our intention to be scandalous or deceptive," said Ardaji.

    People walking by the sign say while the name is controversial, it is promotable.

    "They probably just want to get shock value," said Reyz.

    D'Loughy said if the restaurant opens without the trademark, it's vulnerable to the name being used by other businesses.
    "They would have to challenge that and that could cost the business a lot of money."
    Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_...#ixzz1tPEl0CGO

    Its not even a english word
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    fuk u :(


    I wonder how good it is there

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    Reminds me of an Elvis Costello album called,"Momofuku". I'm still not sure how it's pronounced.

    Momofu-ku?

    Momofuk-u?
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    Even if it was "go fuck yourself you lousy piece of rhino shit, oh by the way I fucked your wife last night" is that a reason to deny them trademarks?
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    "Everybody that I know who sees the name assumes it's f-you," said J.C. Reyz.
    I'm sorry, but you have to be a complete dumbass if you actually think that they're just trying to say "fuck u".

    Edited:

    And who is this J.C. Reyz anyways? Some guy that they just pulled off the street and asked his opinion on the matter or what?
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    It's kinda funny, because the even kerning between all the letters should make it fairly obvious it's one word. To make the connection between "fuku" and "fuck you", you'd probably have to be a dirty-mouthed sailor.
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    I go to a Vietnamese place called Pho Que.
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    Really, when I look at their logo, the phrase "Fuck You" doesn't even come to mind.


    fuk u :(


    I wonder how good it is there
    I don't think I've ever eaten at an Asian restaurant where the food wasn't good.
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    So medical companies can copyright Human DNA, but some Japanese can't copyright their restaurant name because someone doesn't like the way it sounds?

    American legal logic right there.
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    People walking by the sign say while the name is controversial, it is promotable.
    What kind of stupid bullshit is this?
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    It's passingly funny if you are like 13 years old, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was "foo-koo" like any other self-respecting, non-retarded adult would think.
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    Yeah, I'm guessing most of the people on here can't put themselves in a mindset of someone who doesn't know a lick of japanese

    Edited:

    Not in the sense of being able to speak, in the sense of knowing words such as "desu", "chan", or "sensei"
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    Yeah, I'm guessing most of the people on here can't put themselves in a mindset of someone who doesn't know a lick of japanese
    Um, tbh the most japanese I know is "where's the bathroom" (I cheat and just say toilet with a japanese accent instead of bathroom), and "I don't speak Japanese"

    Still don't think "fuku" is "fuck you"

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    I live in Fukushima, Japan.

    Yes, fuck you, Shima. You dirty slut.
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    This is fucking stupid, I didn't think "fuck you" when I saw it, I thought "FOO KOO", just like anyone else who would go there. Yeah there'd be jokes but what kind of fucking moron would take that as offensive?
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    I live probably 20 mins. away from Clematis Street, and never did it cross my mind when I walked by that it was saying "Fuck you".
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    March 2009
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    I live in Fukushima, Japan.

    Yes, fuck you, Shima.
    after seeing this article I wondered what people thought after hearing about the nuclear incident. Would the same people who thought "fuku" was "fuck you" get fukushima wrong too?

    Edited:

    I live probably 20 mins. away from Clematis Street, and never did it cross my mind when I walked by that it was saying "Fuck you".
    well then you need to get out because apparently everyone else there is a retard.

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    haha, nah Florida is a nice place to live.
    well then you need to get out because apparently everyone else there is a retard.

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    They should protest and use the name DAFUQ instead. We will see if they get it or not.
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    Um, tbh the most japanese I know is "where's the bathroom" (I cheat and just say toilet with a japanese accent instead of bathroom), and "I don't speak Japanese"

    Still don't think "fuku" is "fuck you"
    You know enough to know that "fuku" doesn't conjugate into "fuk u"

    I don't hold it against the person who would first think it looked/was pronounced like that any more than I blame the person who giggles when they see "fährt"
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    I think it's a very cool name and doesn't really seem like a fuk u at a first glance. Even then fuk or u are not real words.

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    No idea how you can read that name as "fuck you". I read it as "fookoo".
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    The name reminds me of a Sushi place i've been to.

    Fukyo Sushi. Best part is they don't mind if you call it "Fuck Yo Sushi."
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    The name reminds me of a Sushi place i've been to.

    Fukyo Sushi. Best part is they don't mind if you call it "Fuck Yo Sushi."
    That's because you go "FUCK YOU SUSHI" and eat it with anger!

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    Well in Japan they have a place called Fukushima and the Americans don't seem to mind saying Fukushima. So I find it absurd that they are not allow to use the word Fuku

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    They don't allow Fuku but this one below ok.

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    I saw a restaurant a long time ago whose name was pronounced "Fuckin' Gourmet."

    It was amazing, too.

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    There's a restaurant near me called Phuket.

    It's pronounced foo-kay.

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    Not everything is pronounced like english with a silly accent.

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    I make sexist and racist jokes all the time yet,i still support the feminist movement and the rights of blacks.
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    -snip-

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    At first glance I thought it was pronounced "foo-koo".

    People are just retarded.

    Edited:

    And I was right.
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    can't this be considered a form of racism?
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    can't this be considered a form of racism?
    I don't think being against the language counts as being against the race because anyone can speak it.

    Would like to see them argue that anyway though. In America, if you're called a racist even if you aren't, people will say you are. Would shoot them down just on the claim.

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    can't this be considered a form of racism?
    Unless it was denied for being asian, not it can not. Stop looking for racism in everything.
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    Foo-Koo sounds like Fuck you?

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    They don't allow Fuku but this one below ok.

    I don't get what this could sound like.
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    I don't get what this could sound like.
    Me so Horny?
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