Spanish translation prompts Target to rename 'Orina' sandals

Target sandal
The now-scrubbed webpage for Target's 'Orina' flat sandal. The company plans to rename the sandal as 'orina' translates to 'urine' in Spanish.
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Target plans to rename some shoes it sells because it used a word not pleasant for Spanish speakers.

The problem concerns footwear described as "Orina" flat sandals. Orina means urine in Spanish.

A Target spokeswoman said the description was based on a Russian name for girls meaning peace or peaceful. But the retailer will no longer use that name, given the Spanish meaning.

The offending name has been removed from the sandals on Target's website, as well as any in-store signs.

Last week, the retailer caught flack for how it described the color of some dresses for larger women. Target had characterized them as manatee gray, a description it has dropped. Other retailers have used the terms manatee gray and orina to describe items they sell.

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