January 2, 2021
I’m okay with the British spelling some words differently than we do in “American” English. It was their language first, after all. Their brochure for this 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, which I presume was put together in Germany, contains variations such as kerb weight, tyres, and colours. I’m also okay with calling the tachometer a revolution counter, and calling the windshield a windscreen. But… on one of the opening pages they call the 280 SL “A car of unique charakter.” Looks like the proofreaders let a bit of German slip in; farther down we read about how the 280 SL “…characterises the comfort and safety of all Mercedes-Benz cars.” (also notice the “s” replacing the “z” we’d normally see in “characterizes”). Where’s the “k” now, M-B? These are the things that keep us up at night. Lol… Saw today’s RealRide back in the fall on the West Side of Buffalo.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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