We are looking for a good name for an Indian restaurant that specializes in Punjabi food. We have heard that naming the restaurant "Punjab House" would be offensive.

What specifically makes it inappropriate or offensive? I was told it is a derogatory reference, but I don't see examples of that anywhere.

I'm specifically asking for any ways that it may be taken offensively, or any explanations why it would be regarded as an offense.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Robusto, Drew, Edwin Ashworth, choster, tchrist Sep 4 '14 at 19:47

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    There's one such in Balham (South London) and Dundalk (Ireland), so opinion appears to be divided. – Andrew Leach Sep 4 '14 at 18:41
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    Why would "Punjab House" be offensive? – Kristina Lopez Sep 4 '14 at 18:48
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    Voting to close as primarily opinion-based. – Robusto Sep 4 '14 at 18:50
  • Yeah, I'm wondering how that would be offensive. Is it the dropping of the 'i'? Is it mentioning a region of India? 'house'? – Mitch Sep 4 '14 at 19:00
  • This question appears to be off-topic because (1) it is not about English language & usage, and (2) it is primarily opinion-based. – Drew Sep 4 '14 at 19:27

Sikhs have five articles of faith natively known as Kakaars or Five K's. The articles include Kesh (uncut hair), Kanga (comb), Kara (Bracelet), Kirpan (sword) and Kachehra (a special type of shorts). A baptized Sikh is to wear all five articles of faith. These articles are not merely symbols, they not only represent or identify a Sikh but also have deep meanings.

Further at: realsikhism.com and BBC 19264843

My advice is not to use the Five K's, or names of Sikh Gurus, or their pictures in the name or logo for a restaurant.

Also, Punjab House is a (Punjab) government abode in New Delhi.

My Punjabi restaurant names : Flavors of Punjab , Punjabi Affaire, Punjabi Dhaba (Dhaba=a Punjab countryside food joint), Punjabi Tandoor (Tandoor = coal based Oven), Punjabi Junction.

For logoes you can take guidance from the images appended.

Punjabi images![Oven

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    I'm not sure how this answers the question, which doesn't mention any of the five K's. I guess, since the Punjabi government itself has an office in "Punjab House", that such a name isn't offensive. – Andrew Leach Sep 4 '14 at 22:02
  • From your answer I see how a logo may be offensive to some, if it were to trivialize the 5k's culture. I also see how naming it after a government entity could make some feel uncomfortable. I'm waiting to see if there are more examples. – Johnathan Elmore Sep 5 '14 at 3:13

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