Mickey D’s, Golden Arches — there are a lot of ways we refer to America’s favorite fast food restaurant; however, the slang doesn’t stop here. McDonald’s is recognized across the globe for their tasty burgers, delicious fries, and even better prices.
A company that resides in over 30,000 locations and serves over 68 million people daily, its no wonder it has its own slang. We broke down the McLanguage from around the world, so the next time you find yourself in one of these countries ordering a Big Mac, you’ll feel in the know.
1. USA — “Mickey D’s”
Mickey D’s or Golden Arches, whichever is your go-to slang for McDonald’s — you’ve surely heard these nicknames used. Personally, I’m more of a Mickey D’s gal, but no judging if you’re more of a Golden Arches kinda person.
2. Canada — “McDick’s”
Maybe it’s because I live closer to the Canadian border, or close to a lot of immature college boys, but I’ve certainly heard this nickname used in the states. I’ve got to say, it’s a creative use of the Mc- prefix…
3. Australia — “Macca’s”
What’s Mickey D’s to us is Macca’s to those in the land down under. We affirmed this one both by the internet, and my friends who were lucky enough to spend a semester abroad with the Aussies, and ate plenty of Macca’s along the way.
4. Germany — “Mekkes”
Ah. the land of amazing chocolate and Mekkes. A hop across the pond brings all new verbiage to the booming fast food chain. Wondering if the menu is any different abroad? Check this out.
5. Hong Kong — “Mak Kee”
The land that brought us the ever-so-trendy bubble cone. Residents of Hong Kong refer to McDonald’s as Mak Kee. With a menu so drastically different from other locations, its no wonder their slang is unique.
6. France — “McDo”
Pronounced, “Mac Dough,” the French keep it classy, offering renditions such as the baguette hamburger and more. With over 800 locations across the country, the French must love their French Fries.
7. Mexico — “McDona’s”
I can’t say my go-to would be to grab a Big Mac in the land of fish tacos and other delicious Mexican Cuisine; however, sometimes you just need some McDonas, I get it.
8. Japan — “Makku”
Sushi or Makku? What a hard choice. Although, “Makku” in Japan have around 50 unique menu items not found in any other country, so, it might just be worth it.
9. Romania — “Mec”
Short, sweet, and to the point. Romania keeps it simple with their McSlang, “Mec.” So next time you find yourself roaming the streets of Romania, throw around some “Mecs” and maybe you’ll blend in.
10. Scotland — “McD’s”
They copied us. Well, almost. The Scottish simplified the Mickey in Mickey D’s and brought to life “McD’s.” I could get use to this one — save your breath and have more room for fries.
So, next time you find yourself on your next world tour, make sure to use this as your guide for locating the nearest McDonald’s. From Mickey D’s to McDo’s, you’re sure to find the nearest Golden Arches with your new learned McLanguage… ha.