Cars and puns

Prof. Roly Sussex sussex at LINGUA.ARTS.UQ.EDU.AU
Wed Sep 8 04:47:28 UTC 1999

Here's a more exotic one. The Czech car maker Skoda (there should
be a hacek on the S, making it Shkoda in pronunciation) has a
name which unfortunately also means "damage, harm, injury". They
used to make a model called the 1000MB, which Czechs dubbed
tisic malych bolesti, or thousand small aches/troubles.

(if you are going to be absolutely correct, you need an acute
accent on the second "i" in tisic, on the y in malych, and
on the i in bolesti, all of which lengthen the vowel).

Roly Sussex
The University of Queensland

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