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Ikea Wolf Toy Gets Renamed in China After Old One Deemed Vulgar

Ikea changed the Chinese name of its stuffed wolf toy because the earlier version sounded like a vulgarity in Cantonese, after the toy became a symbol of government opposition in Hong Kong.

The new name of the plush toy wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale contains the Chinese character for “good fortune.” The earlier name sounded like a vulgar anatomical reference in the Cantonese dialect which uses the same characters as Mandarin but pronounces them differently.