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Old 03-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #61
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When I hear people say either beemer or bimmer it just makes me cringe. Both sound stupid, what's wrong with saying BMW?
I don't use it, but I don't see an issue with it. 2 syllables instead of 4. People say "benz" instead of mercedes benz
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #62
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I don't use it, but I don't see an issue with it. 2 syllables instead of 4. People say "benz" instead of mercedes benz
But Benz is an actual part of the name either!
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #63
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Regardless... its a very commonly used and well known "nickname." Especially when you pronounce it beemer
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #64
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Bimmer = bmw car
Beemer = bmw bike

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Exactly. Most people here don't pronounce my name correctly when they meet me in person. It's actually pronounced "Dah-veh," not "Dayv."

Jus' thought I'd clarify that.
You must be asian.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:07 AM   #66
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Actually Guatamalan/Irish, with a touch of Jamaican.
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Actually Guatamalan/Irish, with a touch of Jamaican.
this is a really cool combination
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Lessons learned in this thread :

- Most BMW fanatics don't know the proper use of Bimmer/Beemer
- Most BMW fanatics will attack the proper use because it's "not cool"
- Most BMW fanatics believe the "cool" (or commonly used variant) is correct regardless of what is actually the proper use.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:48 AM   #69
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Lessons learned in this thread :

- Most BMW fanatics don't know the proper use of Bimmer/Beemer
- Most BMW fanatics will attack the proper use because it's "not cool"
- Most BMW fanatics believe the "cool" (or commonly used variant) is correct regardless of what is actually the proper use.
You are a doofus you know that? We'll have this debate again when I get to DC this year.

There is no such thing as "proper" use of a word that doesn't even exist in the English language. If a small group of "elitist" BMW owners want to pronounce it differently, then go for it, however know that you are the minority.

I asked a few people around my office. Close to a dozen people actually...

"What is another word/nickname for BMW?"

"Bee-mer" every single one.

You can't argue with numbers my friend. You also can't sit there with your beautiful, wavey, paul mitchell conditioned golden hair-do, and think that "all" of these people are wrong.

Bimmer lol... spelling is right, I'll give you that... but haha not once in the last 7 years of owning this car has anyone ever said bimmer to me, and i have gotten my fair share of compliments like yourself
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You are a doofus you know that? We'll have this debate again when I get to DC this year.

There is no such thing as "proper" use of a word that doesn't even exist in the English language. If a small group of "elitist" BMW owners want to pronounce it differently, then go for it, however know that you are the minority.

I asked a few people around my office. Close to a dozen people actually...

"What is another word/nickname for BMW?"

"Bee-mer" every single one.

You can't argue with numbers my friend. You also can't sit there with your beautiful, wavey, paul mitchell conditioned golden hair-do, and think that "all" of these people are wrong.

Bimmer lol... spelling is right, I'll give you that... but haha not once in the last 7 years of owning this car has anyone ever said bimmer to me, and i have gotten my fair share of compliments like yourself
"Paul Mitchell conditioned golden hair-do".... Just because that made me almost spit out my coffee in laughter, I'll simply leave it that...



Oh, and Ich bin kein doofus.

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chase: just spoke to my dad, mom, grandma and guy i work with, all who either came here from germany or poland. they all say the answer is its spelled "bimmer" and pronounced "bee-mer." the "i" takes on a long e sound in eastern european words like this

guy i work with asked why i wanted to know, then asked if i know the proper way of pronouncing "porsche"
You tard. A short "I" is like in the word "it".

A long "I" is like in the word "hi".

An "I" making an "E" sound in not short or long.
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this is a really cool combination
Also entirely made up. I'm a mongrel from the British Isles: English/Scottish/Irish.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:20 PM   #73
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"Paul Mitchell conditioned golden hair-do".... Just because that made me almost spit out my coffee in laughter, I'll simply leave it that...



Oh, and Ich bin kein doofus.


and i will be coming to DC this year again, maybe this time you don't stand me up
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Lessons learned in this thread :

- Most BMW fanatics don't know the proper use of Bimmer/Beemer
- Most BMW fanatics will attack the proper use because it's "not cool"
- Most BMW fanatics believe the "cool" (or commonly used variant) is correct regardless of what is actually the proper use.
http://www.boston-bmwcca.org/referen...er-Beemer.aspx

I'll continue to laugh at people who call a car by the nickname for a motorcycle. You'd think they could simply count the number of wheels it has and recognize the car is a "bimmer" and not a "beemer" but not everyone can do such complex math in order to not look like an idiot. Maybe those poor saps can go start "beemerforums" one of these days.
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http://www.boston-bmwcca.org/referen...er-Beemer.aspx

I'll continue to laugh at people who call a car by the nickname for a motorcycle. You'd think they could simply count the number of wheels it has and recognize the car is a "bimmer" and not a "beemer" but not everyone can do such complex math in order to not look like an idiot. Maybe those poor saps can go start "beemerforums" one of these days.

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"While I can't point to any official document that supports this, my understanding of the origins are as follows.

The term Beemer was first used with motorcycles. Back when British bikes dominated the market and BSA was a well-known marque, riders referred to them as Beezers -- a way to say the letters BSA as if it were a word.

BMW riders said Beemer as a way of saying BMW as a word. This was long before the popularity of BMW cars, so whenever the term Beemer was spoken, it referred to the motorcycle. In theory, one could apply Beemer to either cars or bikes since it is only a reference to the name BMW. In fact some folks do call BMW cars Beemers.

When the cars became popular, many people referred to them as Bimmers as well as Beemers. I don't know why this was adopted instead of simply using the existing Beemers.

But generally speaking, one calls the bikes Beemers and the cars Bimmers. While it would be ok to refer to a car as a Beemer, it doesn't seem appropriate to refer to a bike as a Bimmer.
I'm sure the people that invented Beemer as a nickname for the mark would laugh at all the pretentious snobs that had to create a separate, nonsensical nickname for the cars and then wish to mock people that don't follow their "correct" slang term.

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I'm sure the people that invented Beemer as a nickname for the mark would laugh at all the pretentious snobs that had to create a separate, nonsensical nickname for the cars and then wish to mock people that don't follow their "correct" slang term.

So, when are you starting www.beemerforums.com? I'll wait for your huge international success as the forum owner of that site.
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So, when are you starting www.beemerforums.com? I'll wait for your huge international success as the forum owner of that site.
This is about the pronunciation, not the spelling. I think we are all in agreement that "bimmer" is the correct spelling. Its just all you up tight nerds that have to be technical and proper with everything known to man.

welllll if it spelled bimmer it must be pronounced that way

if you have any doubt that i am wrong, go ask a random stranger. ask 10, ask 100... "whats a common nickname for a bmw?"
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And that link by the way... is doesn't refer to how it is pronounced. Is that what they are talking about or are they talking strictly how to spell the correct "nickname"
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if you have any doubt that i am wrong, go ask a random stranger. ask 10, ask 100... "whats a common nickname for a bmw?"
Since when was trusting the masses a good idea?
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