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August 18th, 2021, 02:03 AM   #41
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I thought it had more to do with Herbie love bug. They were VW's weren't they? Kind of round, nut shaped. Still large in comparison to our boys.
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I did get the meaning, but why they refer to volkswagens and not lets say nissans or bmw's? What's so big about volkswagens?
Its because they are round like balls.

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I did get the meaning, but why they refer to volkswagens and not lets say nissans or bmw's? What's so big about volkswagens?
There’s nothing “big” about Volkswagens. It’s simply that the word Volkswagen (for the Baby Boomer generation) is associated with The Bug, a slow, dull, basic car, which whilst beloved by many, is humorously associated with bumbling hippies and broke-ass students and college professors during the ‘60s, is thought of as a kind of funny sounding name.

Interesting fact: The Volkswagen Bug, built for years in Mexico, is super popular, to the point of cult status down there. So much so, that in Mexico City (where I love to spend my winters) I have frequently seen young Mexicans wearing t-shirts with the Volkswagen logo, only upside down so that it makes an “M”, as in Mexico.

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There’s nothing “big” about Volkswagens. It’s simply that the word Volkswagen (for the Baby Boomer generation) is associated with The Bug, a slow, dull, basic car, which whilst beloved by many, is humorously associated with bumbling hippies and broke-ass students and college professors during the ‘60s, is thought of as a kind of funny sounding name.

Interesting fact: The Volkswagen Bug, built for years in Mexico, is super popular, to the point of cult status down there. So much so, that in Mexico City (where I love to spend my winters) I have frequently seen young Mexicans wearing t-shirts with the Volkswagen logo, only upside down so that it makes an “M”, as in Mexico.
I think the problem here is age rather than vernacular/not being a native English speaker.

To people of your generation (and mine and several others on here obviously) Volkswagen was synonymous with the original VW Beetle/people’s car which originated in the early mid 20th century, but continued for a very long time, with manufacture continuing in Mexico iirc for a significant period after the demise of the car in the rest of the world. That car indeed had an appropriate shape to lead to the idiom.

Many developments in recent decades of course, now VW Audi, a reverse takeover by Porsche etc and they are now a manufacturer of high end sports cars and luxury cars as well as Golfs and the like, and even the retro more recent Beetle wasn’t nearly as ball shaped, and I am sure VW is no longer synonymous with the original Beetle for younger fans..
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Thought I better delete that.
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Thought I better delete that.
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Volkswagen body work and part of the anatomy.
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There’s nothing “big” about Volkswagens. It’s simply that the word Volkswagen (for the Baby Boomer generation) is associated with The Bug, a slow, dull, basic car, which whilst beloved by many, is humorously associated with bumbling hippies and broke-ass students and college professors during the ‘60s, is thought of as a kind of funny sounding name.

Interesting fact: The Volkswagen Bug, built for years in Mexico, is super popular, to the point of cult status down there. So much so, that in Mexico City (where I love to spend my winters) I have frequently seen young Mexicans wearing t-shirts with the Volkswagen logo, only upside down so that it makes an “M”, as in Mexico.
Is Mexico city what you call your basement?
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There’s nothing “big” about Volkswagens. It’s simply that the word Volkswagen (for the Baby Boomer generation) is associated with The Bug, a slow, dull, basic car, which whilst beloved by many, is humorously associated with bumbling hippies and broke-ass students and college professors during the ‘60s, is thought of as a kind of funny sounding name.

Interesting fact
Notice how he judges everyone. He has a perfect little stereotype for all groups.

Interesting fact. You are a small minded racist. I’m sure the closest you’ve got to Mexico City is Taco Bell
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