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A while back, I was trying to think of phrases that “sound pleasant but are actually maybe bad” and I remember one of the silly ones I thought of was:
Hummer coming through.
Get it? “Hummer,” as in a person who hums (yes, I know – kind of lame). Just for the record, this post is about the car not people who make sounds with their mouths closed.
Anyway, this subject came up because recently I read that the Hummer will be discontinued, and also I was surprised at how seeing a Hummer (the car) on the road really kind of bothered me. In fact, I could not help but assume the driver was of a certain sort – you know, someone who craved attention and was self centred enough to drive such a huge car. Some might even go so far as to assume the driver is a “idiot,” noted because when you search the word “hummer” in Youtube, an significant number of videos have the word “idiot” in the title.
Regardless of what others think, this reaction is odd for me, because I’m basically a very laid back individual, and the analytical side of me obviously knows that just because someone is driving a particular car model doesn’t mean that they are of a particular personality or mindset. Maybe, they’re in a line of work that requires that sort of car.
It got thinking though. Is this something that a lot of people equate with when they see a Hummer? Is this something that the manufacturers (General Motors) who make Hummers are concerned over generally? For that matter, do the Hummer drivers know this, and just don’t really care?
As well, do similar gut negative reactions occur with other cars? Maybe more importantly, do people who drive “hummers” think the same of me as I move around in one of those MPV minivans? More so, since admittedly you could argue that minivans are not exactly the most environmentally friendly vehicles either.
(Image as seen from Treehugger)