Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 12:39:28 PST From: tom creswell Subject: Re: Merc? Addendum As an aged Dodge driver, I thought that _Mercedes_ referred to a female name such as Mercedes McCambridge. Since I don't associate with people who drive Mercedes Benzes, or rather perhaps, they don't associate with me, I cannot recall hearing anyone refer to one with the shortened name. But still, the name of the automobile has an /s/ at the appropriate place--not that that rules out the reported shortening to a form ending with /k/. Tom Creswell