Rob a bank? Another company name that struggles in English

Is Rabobank a naming felony or just fun to say?

Great names can themselves inspire action. Nest makes you want to get cozy at home. The North Face makes you want to climb something. So where does that leave Rabobank?

Financial company Rabobank is a big deal in the Netherlands, where there’s no implied crime in combining Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank. It has since expanded to the U.S. and grown in California, even purchasing the naming rights to Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

So is the name Rabobank a naming felony? Or is it just fun to say?


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