Not to mention various Yares

A piece about the Levin ZR variant of the Toyota Corolla, which apparently will not come to the States — those crazy Americans hate hatchbacks — drew this quasi-lexicographical comment:

  1. Could it be that Toyota wants to sell their Matrixes before introducing a car that would halt the sale of Matrixes.
  2. Shouldn’t the plural of Matrix be Matrices?
  3. Does Toyota name cars with the sole intent of subverting the English language when they pluralize the name?

As Troilus would tell you, there is only one Cressida, faithless though she be. (This remains my favorite model name ever.)

Then again, one must deal with Prii.


  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    13 July 2013 · 4:48 am

    A motorcycle manufacturer — Yamaha, I think — named one of its models the Virago, which, though not Shakespearean, did raise a few eyebrows.

    No doubt, relations between the sexes trending the way they are, some day we’ll have the Nissan Harridan, the Honda Termagant, and for the luxury set, the Mercedes-Benz Vicious Castrating Bitch. At which point the distaff market will have switched 100% to American made cars, and the economy will have roared back to full employment.

  2. CGHill »

    13 July 2013 · 11:47 am

    It never occurred to me to translate “Vicious Castrating Bitch” into German; it might explain much about the current CLK-class.

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