openmind said:Interesting link indeed. It turns out that Humvee is an arconym describing a special vehicle. S what is a Hummer than? It's a brand name but for what - a humvee?
David said:The HMMWV is the modern equivalent of the old US Jeep, a military passenger vehicle that was noted for its resilience and efficiency. The HMMWV costs 50 times as much, and while it is probably very useful in the modern military context, the civilian version costs as much as a cheap house, consumes vast amounts of petroleum, and is usually a preposterous vanity on the part of males who feel compelled to demonstrate their machismo by running around the supermarket in camouflage pants. You may assume, that any Humvee you see on the road, unless it is painted red and on its way to a forest fire, is being driven by somebody with an excess of money, contempt for the environment and for the highway safety of people in smaller vehicles, and is probably driven by a person who worships guns and almost certainly voted for Bush. He dicho.
I take it that you didn't vote for the Ober-Gropen-Führer then, jacintajacinta said:Without fear of being persecuted, I think they should be outlawed.
That endorsement is quite sufficient in itself to convince me that the "Hummer" is the devil's own vehicle (if I believed in supernatural beings, that is!).I'm very proud of the Hummer, because I created that industry. I went to the Hummer factory and said we should make this Hummer not only a military car but a civilian car.-- A. Schwarzenegger