Salikoko Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Feb 25 17:48:52 UTC 2010

victor steinbok wrote:
> Not sure if any of it is true, but this is circulating on "the series of tubes":
> Why Toyota and not Toyoda?
> ==
> According to a much-quoted article in Wikipedia, the spelling change
> was made to make it easier to pronounce, symbolize a separation from
> the founder's home life, and, possibly most importantly, because
> Toyota, which takes eight strokes to write in Japanese, is considered
> to be luckier than Toyoda.
> ==
Yes, your version is more accurate than mine. It had to do with "luck"
rather than "connotations."


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