I could go on, so I will. There is the Renault Kadger or Kadgaaar, the Toyota Pre-us or Pry-us. Is it a Daysea-a or a Datcher? Who knows?
And there is serial offender, Porsche, which makes the Macan, with an ending like Minder’s Terry McCann or The Jungle Book’s Shere Khan, depending. Porsche prefers the latter. And it prefers Tie-can to Taycan – despite the spelling, so what does it know? – and I forget about Cayenne. Do some people say Kai-en? I think they do. Whatever, tomayto, tomato, let’s call the whole thing whatever you like, I don’t really care.
But I have come to care about Porsche pedants – and there are some, because ‘internet’ – who have even made videos on pronouncing Porsche. There are those who insist it is definitely always called Porscher, with two syllables, rather than Porsch, with one, because that’s what the Germans do, and that you’re wrong if you mispronounce it.
I suppose, technically, theoretically, that’s right. And I’ll admit I’m mostly a two-syllable Porsche bloke these days myself, albeit with a more apologetic ‘-er’ rather than emphatic ‘-uh’. I always used to be a single-syllable man, because two syllables ruins the ‘I’ve painted your porch, but by the way it’s not a Porsche, it’s a Lamborghini’ joke. In the same way that I’ve become used to ordering a ‘lartay’ without feeling insufferably poncy, I suppose times change.
But if you like to say Porsch, then please, you say Porsch all day long. Because the alternative, if one follows the slavish dedication and insists on Porsch-er, ought to mean one also says Bay-Em-Vay, because that’s what the Germans do with BMW. A German friend of mine once looked mystified when I pronounced the entire ‘W’ at the end. All those wasted syllables over your lifetime, you idiot.
And if you do one but not the other, or any particular combo, that’s fine too, because life is too short. I don’t see anybody insisting that if you say Paris Saint-Germain with a slight French inflection, then you must also say Bayern München.
So say Porsche however the hell you like, and I’ll back you every inch of the way. I do get a chill on the very rare occasions I still hear somebody say ‘Ren-alt’. But I suppose I’ll learn to let it go.
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