[Lingtyp] Coronavirus & Zipf

Randy LaPolla randy.lapolla at gmail.com
Sun May 3 10:41:44 UTC 2020

I have heard that some people in the US stopped drinking Corona Beer because of the name, possibly thinking they could get the virus from drinking it?


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> On 3 May 2020, at 5:34 PM, fcosw5 <fcosw5 at scu.edu.tw> wrote:
> I'm rather surprised that, as far as i can tell, nobody so far has mentioned the Mexican beer marketed under the name `Corona'.  It's mine understanding that a lot of Mexicans (and maybe other Americans?) are rather peeved about this coincidence.
> Wrt the Chinese (abbreviated) label `xinguan', as it happens the hospital here in Taipei where i get most of my medical treatment is commonly called `Xinguang'.  Not the same characters, of course (it literally means `New Light'), and IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY it's phonetically distinct, but i'd be willing to bet any (reasonable) amount of money that there's liable to be some confusion here.  I have NO INTENTION of making an issue of it when i go to visit mine endocrinologist tomorrow!
> Best,
> Steven Schaufele
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