[Ads-l] RES: Porsche

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 12 21:30:49 EST 2022


Does anybody else recall the old soap-opera, "Porsche Face's Life"?
I do but jest, of course. The show was actually "_Portia_ Face's Life." As
a child, I found the title a bit confusing. Given that the heroine's name
was
Portia Blake and not Portia Face, why wasn't the title, "Portia _Blake's_
Life"?

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 8:36 PM Joan Swirsky <
000011a0c0971b91-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> My son worked at a company that had Porsche as a client.  The client,
> Porsche, instructed personnel at my son’s employer to pronounce the company
> name with two syllables- Por-sche.  I suppose the pronunciation is the
> company’s prerogative.
>
> Joan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 12, 2022, at 2:44 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:
> > There's no reason to say Porsch-ah in English. It's just snob appeal, to
> > show you know how to pronounce it in German, indicating you are in the
> know.
> > I had a cousin who did that. I used to needle him: "You insist on
> Porsch-ah
> > but you don't bother to say Folksvagen. Why is that?"
> > DAD
> >
> > Enviada em: quarta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2022 18:23
> > Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Assunto: Re: Porsche
> >
> > Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> > Subject:      Re: Porsche
> >
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> >
> > Or maybe the syllable count is correlated with whether you can afford
> one.
> > (There is the precedent of "vase", which is sometimes claimed to be
> > pronounced to rhyme with either "race" or "Roz" depending on whether it
> > costs less or more than $100.)
> >
> > LH
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 1:34 PM Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I can't seem to find a searchable version of the Archives, so
> >> I=E2=80=99ll just flat-out ask.
> >>
> >> Does anyone know whether there=E2=80=99s been a study of whether
> >> 'Porsche' is pronounced as one or two syllables?
> >> In a totally unrelated context a friend has suggested that the
> >> pronunciations are correlated with whether you own one or not.
> >> Does anyone have any insight on the question, or pointers to work on
> >> the topic?
> >>
> >> Geoff
> >>
> >> Geoffrey S. Nathan
> >> WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired) Emeritus Professor,
> >> Linguistics Program
> >> https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/an6993
> >> geoffnathan at wayne.edu
> >>
> >> Geoffrey S. Nathan
> >> WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired) Emeritus Professor,
> >> Linguistics Program
> >> https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/an6993
> >> geoffnathan at wayne.edu
> >>
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