June 21, 2018

IHOP is changing its name to IHOB. What does that mean?

10 June 2018, 09:26 | Melvin Schneider

Alan Diaz Associated Press An IHOP sign at a restaurant in Hialeah Fla

An IHOP sign at a restaurant in Hialeah Fla

The change is supposed to take place on Monday, but IHOP is being coy about what the "B" stands for. What does the "b" stand for? "Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOB", IHOP tweeted.

The popular breakfast chain hinted at the possibilities on Twitter with options like biscuits, bacon, butternut squash and also a curve ball choice of barnacles. In one photo shared on Twitter, people are seen looking on as workers change the text on both a tall sign next to an IHOP restaurant, and a smaller sign seen on the restaurant itself. But for the Arab's on Twitter it made flawless sense, hysterically. Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOb.

That's because in the Arabic alphabet, no letter exists with a hard "p" sound, making it tough for Arabic speakers to pronounce the letter P. Arabs have worked around this issue with the closest alternative - the Arabic equivalent of the letter "B". Across the Middle East, Pepsi is known as "Bebsi" and Pizza is "Bizza".

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In another tweet, one social media user posted a brief video clip of some new exterior signage, that clearly reads "IHOB" as opposed to the "IHOP" everyone has come to know and love. "I ask as someone who for years was known as the girl from "bakistan".

The company's executive director of communications only said that they are "serious about the quality of food and our menu, and this name change really reflects that".

When a tweeter named Patrick begged for answers, IHOP responded: "batience, Batrick, batience!"

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