The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 October 2003

Yeah, but how does it handle?

The Buick LaCrosse sedan/sport/utility/whatever vehicle, replacement for the aged Regal, will be sold in Canada, but not with that name.

To us, "lacrosse" is a sport played on a field with sticks. To the Québécois, apparently, it's a solo act, practiced often in the bathroom, rumored to cause hair growth on one's palms and/or blindness.

General Motors product czar Bob Lutz, addressing GM dealers in Toronto, professed to be surprised: "I thought I knew every expression existing in the French language for self-gratification, including the crudest ones known to man," he said.

The new Canadian name has not been announced, though I suspect it will probably not be "Nova", the name of a Chevrolet model which according to legend (the facts say otherwise) didn't play well in Spanish-speaking countries.

Posted at 12:19 PM to Driver's Seat

Does this mean the hospitals in a certain Wisconsin city don't have maternity wards?

Posted by: McGehee at 2:23 PM on 20 October 2003

Francophone General ("Emergency services six hours a day, four days a week") is the only one that doesn't.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:31 PM on 20 October 2003

Oooh -- that Nova bullshit was the first "urban legend" that really got my ire up (ire up?!). It just angered me to no end that people actually believed it. One of my profs (Marketing) actually tried to pass it off as true.

People can be so stupid. Unlike us bloggers, natch.

Posted by: David at 9:52 PM on 20 October 2003