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Merc?

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by TEG, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Dec 31, 2008
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    Oh, I don't like "Merc" as an abbreviation... Mercedes? Mercury?

    Or did you mean to say "Murc" as is Murciélago?
     
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    I think you meant Murciélago, otherwise it would be a "Muc" :wink: For a while I'd get confused when people would refer to a Mercedes as a "Merc", since that's always meant Mercury to me.
     
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    Obviously an egregious faux pas doing a late night opinion post and being too lazy to look up the spelling of an Italian bat.
     
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    Yes, Mercedes is abbreviated as "Benz".

    The YouTube video did not work for me, dpeilow :-(
     
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    Hmm, I must've jinxed it. Seems to be gone now. Can't find another copy either.

    By the way, in the UK we do say 'Merc', I've never heard anyone say 'Benz'.
     
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    Ah, well you know us Yanks: Drive on the other side of the road; Live on the other side of the Atlantic; Abbreviate the other side of the German car name...
     
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    Yes, I think the first time I heard Merc for Mercedes was on TopGear.
     
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    Yes, exactly. I had a friend move to London and years later he told me he bought a "Merc", and I thought for a moment that he meant Mercury until Top Gear set me straight.

    Yes, in the US it is Mercedes or Benz, or maybe even Daimler but not 'Merc'.
     
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    Ah - we don't have Mercurys over here, so that would explain the need to differentiate over there. :smile:
     
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    Then there was the short lived Merkur brand...
     
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    Give us a little time. Chances are good we won't have Mercurys here either.
     
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    Ah yes, the "Merk" :tongue:
     
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    By the way, in my mind I was pronouncing "Merc" as Merse (rhymes with "purse") short for the full "Murciélago"

    At this time I just beg for Mercy.

    Which would have been better shorthand in the first place!
     
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    Which is another reason why Brits throwing out "Merc" (pronounced "Murk") for "Mercedes" befuddles us "Yanks" -

    We pronounce Mercury like "murk -your - eee"
    but Mercedes like "Murse - aid - ease"

    So when someone says "murk/merc" we assume Mercury.
    If we had to do a nickname for Mercedes it would sound like "murse" not "murk"

    Do Brits pronounces Mercedes like "Murk - said - eeze" rather than the US way of saying "Murse - aid - ease"?

    :confused:
     
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    I have heard many people in the American South pronounce Mercedes with the accent on the first syllable instead of the second: MUR-suh-dees. But everywhere else in the US it is usually accent on the second: mur-SAY-dees.
     
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    Some other commonly noticed differences:

    US: Jag-whar
    UK: Jag-you-are

    US: Aloom-inum
    UK: Al-youm-ini-um
     
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    #18 dpeilow, Jan 2, 2009
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    US: Toe-may-toe
    UK: Tom-ah-toe

    :smile:

    But the British pronunciation is "Murse-aid-ease" too.
     
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    So how do you pronounce "Merc" as shorthand for "Murse-aid-ease"?

    I think my friend who moved to London said "Murk" which doesn't make sense if the source word never had that sound.
     
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