Where I live (Quebec
) there are three common nicknames for Radio Shack
stores. Radio Scrap
is the most popular because it works particularly well in both French and English. There's also Radio Shaft
and Radio Shite
. Other common Radio Shack brands have been nicknamed as well, like the Trash-80 instead of the TRS-80
, a computer they sold under a Tandy
brand back in the '80s. Also, if you do a search on Google
for 'radio scrap' right now, the first listing that comes up is Radio Shack Canada. The Canadian Radio Shack company knows customers might search for this term and, although derogatory, why risk a customer going to a competitor?
Their motto: "You've got questions? We've got shrugs."