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    US-spec German cars are also made in the UK.

    Oh, and before somebody says that the new Mini Cooper should be considered a British car, I want to point out that there are no puddles under them and that alone makes them German cars.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenerdiode View Post
    ...and both involve a female wooly mammal.
    Actually, no, only one of them does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenerdiode View Post
    I'd play it safe. If I had to call, I would address you as Mr. Ross.
    Now why didn't I think of that? Simple, elegant and respectful... avoids the shibboleth and stays out of the personal-pronoun minefield.

    I think I managed to blurt out the suggested Americanized version last time, but I may fall back to this if we speak again.

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    Honestly, unless you're still a minor, "Mr. Ross" doesn't appeal to me much.

    -Uwe-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Honestly, unless you're still a minor, "Mr. Ross" doesn't appeal to me much.
    Okay, now you're just messing with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Nah, there's only one mispronunciation that actually annoys me, and there's only one misspelling that gets under my skin.
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    Uh -- no. I don't think so.
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    Actually, no, only one of them does.
    You know, after a certain number of cryptic evasions, we are legally allowed to call you Rumpelstiltskin.

    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Touaregs are built in Slovakia.

    -Uwe-
    You're shitting me. First I do surgery to replace the valve body and find the transmission is an Aisin, now this. Next you're going to tell me there is no Santa Claus or that my Boxster was built in Finland.

    And will someone PM me the proper way to pronounce Uwe's name? I was going sheep all the way.

    Edit: NM! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLaZNpS6_Ek

    I've even taken some German. I should have been able to figure that one out. The one thing I love about the language is that if you can read it you can pronounce it, and if you can pronounce it you can spell it. Nouns however, crack me up. muddle together some descriptions. Airplane = fly thing for example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaps10 View Post
    Yeah, that's pretty good, except that most native English speakers can listen to that a hundred times and still don't get it right, at least not consistently.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flaps10 View Post
    I've even taken some German. I should have been able to figure that one out. The one thing I love about the language is that if you can read it you can pronounce it
    Right -- but only if you learned it as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaps10 View Post
    The one thing I love about the language (German) is that if you can read it you can pronounce it, and if you can pronounce it you can spell it.
    I agree that phonetic languages are much more elegant, and a lot easier to use (lots of them in Europe). One of the sublime ironies in the English language is that even the word "phonetic", isn't.
    VW Golf MkVII (MY13) - A3 8V hatch (MY17)

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    Please don't remind me of the trauma I suffered trying to lean to spell in English (not to mention the insane system of weights and measures) when I was transplanted here in the middle of second grade.

    -Uwe-

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