[Ads-l] RES: Porsche

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 12 22:37:56 EST 2022


Wilson's story reminds me of the naming tradition practiced by an
ex-girlfriend's family for their German shorthaired pointer dogs. The first
was Portia, but her name was reanalyzed at some point, leading to her
successor (and possibly son; it was a while ago and my memory flags a bit)
being named Bentley.

LH

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 9:31 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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> --
> - Wilson
> -----
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