The Many Nicknames of McDonald’s: From Makku to McDo
Regarding fast food chains, McDonald’s is arguably one of the most recognizable worldwide. From its iconic golden arches to its menu of burgers and fries, there’s no mistaking a visit to the golden arches. However, did you know this fast-food giant has various nicknames depending on your location? From Makku in Japan to McDo in the Philippines, we’re taking a closer look at the many aliases of McDonald’s.
Let’s take a trip to Japan.
Here McDonald’s is affectionately known as Makku. While it may sound like a completely different name, Makku is derived from the first syllable of McDonald’s in Japanese, Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do. It’s a playful and informal way for locals to refer to the fast-food giant, a name that has stuck around for decades. Despite the different nicknames, you can still find all the classic McDonald’s meals on the menu, from Big Macs to McNuggets.
Next, we head to Australia.
McDonald’s is known by another shortened nickname – Maccas. This slang term has been used since the 1970s and has become so ingrained in the Australian culture that even official signage reads ‘Maccas.’ It’s also a term regularly used in everyday conversation, so don’t be surprised if you hear it being thrown around by locals during your next trip down under.
In the Philippines
McDonald’s is affectionately known as McDo. Like Makku in Japan, McDo is derived from the shortened version of the company’s name in the Philippines, McDo-nald’s. The nickname has been used for several decades and is often used by locals to informally refer to the fast-food chain. Despite the different nicknames, you can still find all the classic McDonald’s meals on the menu, from Quarter Pounders to McFlurrys.
Let’s take a trip back to the United States.
McDonald’s is affectionately known as Mickey D’s. Although not quite as different as the other nicknames we’ve looked at, Mickey D’s is still a unique moniker and one that is used all across the country. The handle is believed to have originated in the early 1980s, with the phrase being used in hip-hop and rap music. Today, it’s a term used by people of all ages and a popular hashtag on social media.
While McDonald’s may be known worldwide by its iconic golden arches, the fact that it has a range of nicknames depending on where you are in the world shows how embedded this fast-food chain is in global culture. Whether it’s Makku in Japan or McDo in the Philippines, these different nicknames provide a unique insight into local cultures and slang terms. So the next time you visit a McDonald’s in a foreign country, try using one of these local nicknames and truly immerse yourself in the local culture.