IHOP says it's changing its name to IHOb, and it will explain why on Monday. What does the "b" stand for? Find out why the name change will not make any significant difference for the Arab's.
IHOP, or IHOb as it is now referring to itself as, even launched an online poll in which Twitter users could guess whether the "b" stood for biscuits, bacon, butternut squash or barnacles and at the moment it seems as if bacon and barnacles are the two most popular choices.
After 60 years of being "IHOP", The International House of Pancakes announced its name change on Twitter.
One user Chris Tadros pointed out in a tweet that it has always been "IHOB" for Arab parents.
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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".
The 60-year-old franchise's coy announcement was made on Twitter on Tuesday. So, that means that for many Arabs, IHOP has always been known as IHOB.
In one tweet, a woman asked IHOP what she was supposed to do with her swag sweater if the company changes the logo?
The IHOP label is turning around its "p" for pancakes into "b" for what the company plans to unveil Monday. And yes, this entire thing could very well just be a publicity/bublicity stunt by the breakfast chain, which has 1,671 locations in the U.S.