Unless you live in the US, where Belanger is pronounced BELL-anne-jer
(Bell-AWHN-zhay) and foyer is pronounced FOY-yur (foy-YAY). In
Washington State, where Mt Rainier exists, it is, I regret, ray-NEER.
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
Claim: The Chevrolet Nova sold poorly in Spanish-speaking countries
because its name translates as "doesn't go" in Spanish.
I used to be married to a guy with close relatives from the
italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Nice folks. One Christmas, he got
his grandparents a welcome mat. No ordinary mat - this one had "VA VIA"
printed on it in large friendly letters. They died laughing when it was
opened, and they proudly kept it on the porch for years. Since I didn't
speak Italian, they told me the reason they laughed at it was because it
said "go away".
Snopes' debunking states (among other issues) that "nova" and "no va"
are two different concepts in Spanish. It doesn't say what "nova" is. Does
Sharon, Lurking As Usual
To reply, replace spammersmustdie with jcwoman1963
No it isn't. I was in a hotel room and I think they used babelfish to
translate the guest service directory. It was talking about using the
control on the wall to regulate the unity of the airconditioned. Plus the
keyboard on the computer was setup wrong. It was set to french, but didn't
match the layout of the keyboard. I just set it to english and typed
Spanish Definition - Nova: Astron, Estrella cuyo brillo experimenta bruscas
English translation of the Spanish definition - Astron: Star whose brightness
experiences abrupt variations
(Astron is an abbreviation for Astronomy)
Go to this page: http://www.google.ca/language_tools?hl=en
Type "No va", select "Spanish to English", hit the translate button
and see what comes up. Since I'm not sure you're smart enough to
follow something this complicated, I'll just jump right to the answer
for you: "it does not go".
So what? The urban legend, which is that people in Mexico (them dumb
furriners) didn't buy the car because they thought the name meant "no
go", isn't credible. It's been pointed out that it doesn't mean that and
that there is a word that it matches exactly and means something
Did many people in the US buy a Yugo because it kind of sounds like "you
No one would have suddenly *not* bought the car due to the name, but a
bad name can lower sales. This is why the muscle cars were named
Mustang, Firebird, Barracuda, etc.... Do you think that the Mustang
would have sold nearly as well if it had been named the Holstein?
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