IKEA

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The initials of the founder's name, Ingvar Kamprad, of his home village Elmtaryd (now spelled Älmtaryd), and of the nearby village Agunnaryd

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IKEA

  1. An international, originally Swedish home products retailer that sells modern, utilitarian design furniture, much of which is assembled by the consumer.
    • 2005, Daniel H. Wilson, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising”, Bloomsbury, ISBN 1582345929, page 126
      Instruct the servant robot to clean the house, landscape the yard, and assemble several major pieces of IKEA furniture. Then, when your robot is power depleted and attempts to recharge, shut off the power to your house.
    • 2008 February 2, Luke Burbank, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio
      It seems Swedish gangs, apparently no longer satisfied with knocking over their local IKEA’s, have taken to sneaking little people into the cargo holds of the buses by stowing them in suitcases.

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