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BUCKEYE_BOB
04-17-2004, 08:25 AM
Just a question. I Have always wondered how did people start calling BMW's beamers? At work a few years back I had a friend say he just got a old beamer to fix up. I thought he was talking about a Sunbeam. I said great I have not seen a Sunbeam since I was a kid a neighbor had a yellow sunbeam. He said no a Beamer is a BMW. I guess I always liked Sunbeam's more than BMW'S. -- Bob

aeronca65t
04-17-2004, 10:19 AM
I always called the Rootes cars "Beams". I guess "Beemers" is close to that. And now we have "MINI-Beemers" too.
I saw a 540 last week that had vanity license plates that read: "BEEMUU" Pretty clever.
Don't forget that there is also another "Beam".....Pilbeams:

https://www.pilbeamracing.co.uk/index2.html

Darcy
04-19-2004, 07:31 AM
BMW cars are supposed to be called Bimmers, and BMW motorcycles are supposed to be called Beamers graemlins/yesnod.gif

Though it seems that people call the cars Beamers for some reason images/icons/confused.gif

lawguy
04-19-2004, 11:47 AM
Well, people are lazy and saying "Bee Em Double-Eew" is quite a mouthful. Bimmer or beamer are the logical shorthand.

As to which one of those two a person uses, Ive heard BMW drivers use the term "beamer", but they sound pretensious using it. I've never heard a BMW owner say "bimmer", but I guess some may. Bimmer is what I have heard from women and teenagers, but perhaps that's just my experience.

As for Sunbeams. I usually don't here them referred to collectively, and if I do, people just say "Sunbeams"- 2 syllables, as opposed to 5 for BMW.

So much for minutia.

UltimateQuestion
04-19-2004, 12:02 PM
Since "i" in German is pronounced as "e" in English - "Bimmer" is "Beemer" graemlins/thumbsup.gif

PC
04-19-2004, 12:40 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by UltimateQuestion:
Since "i" in German is pronounced as "e" in English - "Bimmer" is "Beemer" graemlins/thumbsup.gif <hr></blockquote>

Not when it's between consonants. As an example zimmer, German for room, rhymes with the English word glimmer. Therefore the German pronunciation of Bimmer would be the same as ours.


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UltimateQuestion
04-19-2004, 02:02 PM
Oops! You are correct, guess its been too long since my German classes.

Entschuldigen Sie mich bitte! Ich möchte ein Bier. graemlins/thirsty.gif

Bruce Bowker
04-22-2004, 07:45 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Darcy:
BMW cars are supposed to be called Bimmers, and BMW motorcycles are supposed to be called Beamers graemlins/yesnod.gif

<hr></blockquote>

I was told same by head of the BMW club at a major car show.

aeronca65t
04-24-2004, 05:38 AM
...and some of the WW II German airplanes with BMW engines were called "Bombers". images/icons/wink.gif

ssunbeam
05-26-2004, 07:12 PM
"called bombers" grk, funny
and some planes with BMW engines were called
Tante Ju
i.e. Aunt Ju (JU=Junkers 52, the first fullmetal plane, the german equivalent to the DC3)