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Re: Nova

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



nahqun@gmail.com wrote:

> As I understand it, when Chevrolet introduced the Nova back in the
> day, it sold very well. They were then surprised when it did not sell
> as well in Mexico. It turned out that "No va" in Spanish means "No
> go". No one wanted to buy a car that claimed to not function.

I used to repeat this falsehood myself. It's not true. 
http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp

> So I ask, as Klingon speakers, do you treat any words or brands this
> way? How has the language influenced you as a consumer?
> 
> A rough example would be not purchasing a Saab. (Sab v. decline,
> deteriorate).

There are numerous examples of cross-language puns in Klingon. Most of 
them were created intentionally by Marc Okrand, including {Sab}.

-- 
David
Stardate 9121.2





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