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Aug. 17th, 2006

08:30 pm - Weird parking & unfortunate plates?

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When I got home, there were a surprisingly large number of open parking spaces. About 5-10 times as many as usual for ~8:15pm. I wonder why. Very odd.

On the way home, I saw a German car (Audi A4) with the California license plates, "UBER". Is it just me or is that rather unfortunate? I guess its association with facism is called out as misidentification by Wikipedia, but it's an association that's there nonetheless. I have to wonder if it was a deliberate Aryan statement (boo! hiss!) by the owner of the car or if it was just ... an unfortunate choice. Perhaps they're a fan of the works of Friedrich Nietzsche...

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From:targaff
Date:August 18th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
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Why is it at all unfortunate? It's a strange association to make, in all honesty: ü is a perfectly acceptable word in and of itself that has nothing to do with fascism, and it's only a result of German's tendency towards compound words that it also forms part of another. This gives a more likely explanation: "During the late 1990s, über also became a synonym for super; e.g. übercool = supercool, generally with a slightly intensified meaning".
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From:mavjop
Date:August 18th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps it is a strange association. :) I glossed over the fact that I was assuming "uber" was "über" (aka "ueber"), but that's not so much in contention. I suppose it could well be someone who thinks their car's (or they're) super-cool!
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From:mavjop
Date:August 18th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
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BTW, yes, I know it in itself doesn't have anything to do with facism, and is of course a perfectly acceptable word (heck, it's the word for over/above/beyond/...; it would be extremely difficult to use a language without the word 'over' -- das ist doch unglaublich), but I just couldn't think of any other cause for selecting "uber" for one's license plate. I was assuming a compound word based on it. Quite possibly (or likely) incorrectly, as you pointed out.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 18th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Ur, BTW again, I rather like TU Chemnitz's on-line dictionary. E.g. über.
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From:targaff
Date:August 18th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Nice, I didn't know about that one. I tend to use LEO.org just because it has a vast array of stuff in it (in the forums in particular).
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From:mavjop
Date:August 18th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
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LEO seems really good too. :) I've bookmarked it.
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