Some guys have personal bonds with their automobiles. They see eyes where others see headlights. They see lips where others see grills. Some even name their cars.
Christening your car is definitely an act of love of the vehicular kind and October 2, Name Your Car Day, was created just for you. Whether it’s the pristine Firebird sitting in your garage or the old clunker you bought while still in high school, for some guys, every car deserves a name.
While females appreciate their cars and can be just as good under the hood, naming a car dominates the male segment of car owners. Women whose tendencies lean toward the jealous side, recoil when hearing their significant others using feminine names to address their cars.
In the English language, inanimate objects are asexual and bear no gender-identifying pronouns. In French and Italian languages, every object bears a masculine or feminine label and cars are addressed using feminine nouns.
Since traditionally, men are the admirers of automobiles, it makes sense. It does not, however, restore confidence when it comes to jealousy issues, especially if the technically advanced car “speaks” in a feminine tone.
Ladies don’t feel ousted. Feel free to give your car a masculine name. If your significant other tries to correct you, just inform him that in the Spanish language, cars are masculine. You can have your car, and name it Herbie too.
Everybody should steer clear of naming their cars Christine, lest incantations of this appellation unleash fury from under the hood. For an explanation, see the movie based on Stephen King’s novel.
Play it safe and choose a name that reflects the car’s image or color. Then you can celebrate Name Your Car Day by ordering a personalized license plate and watching the movie “Cars”.