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March 28, 2012


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Meanwhile, over at Maserati, there were a few models named for winds - Mistral, Khamsin - though the only Maserati I ever got to drive was the more prosaic Quattroporte, which means exactly what you think it does.

Still: "I got to drive a Maserati!" I cannot, however, corroborate Joe Walsh's claim for his.

@CGHill: Having lived through searing, dust-filled khamsins in Israel, I can't imagine naming a car after one--it suggests the quick stripping-off of your paint job. "Khamsin" is Arabic for "fifty," which according to legend is the number of days the mofo lasts.

Still, Maserati. Yeah.

Not to be an errorist, but I'm going to be an errorist:

The word histories are interesting, but when I saw "two-door coupe" and "wedge-shaped shape," I thought I was going to find out that Countach was somehow redundant.

@4ndyman: I should never write a post after 10 p.m. Thanks for your sharp eyes. Fixed.

The car model name "Elantra" always makes me think of the name "elytra" for the outer wings of a beetle.

This car's doors makes me think of the wings themselves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elytra

My cousin had a beautiful German Shepherd named Countach. He followed "Warrior" which, as a child I always heard as "Worrier" and thought it was a peculiar choice.

"Conasse," by the way, is one of the myriad expletives the French used. As vulgar as its translation sounds to us, in France it's more like using "fuck" as an expletive.

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