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post #1 of 16 Old 12-16-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I came home today and found a package at my door, it turned out to be 2 books sent to me by my grandmother (thanks). The first one I started reading, "Camaro an american icon" by Gary Wetzenburg. Im a few pages in and they are talking about the name and where it came from, Bob Lund and Ed Rollert came up with the name after reviewing over 5000 company generated suggestions and sitting down with an english-spanish dictionary, a english-french dictionary and Rodget's Thesaurus.
At this point I realized the only definition of that word that I knew of was the car, I have never associated the word with anything else, obvisouly there is a hoast of feelings and associations I had gathered in my life, (fast, sexy, loud, the best, etc..) but I had never known any other definition. Quoting the book, that is quoting Bob Lund:

" I found this word 'Camaro', which had kind of a ring, a dramatic sound to it, and I said, 'Here is a hell of a name!' I read him the various definitions of it, one of which was very appropriate - friend, warm friend, something of that nature."

After reading this I went over to a few dictionary sites, websters, dictionary.com, etc. I wanted to see these 'various' definitions were for my car, now I did not spend alot of time on this but none of the sites I looked at had any other definition but the car. So I looked up the thesaurus, that Rodget's one is copyrighted so you can't see it on the internet I guess so I went to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camaro , I still did not find any original meaning for the word, but I found a statement that deeply satisfied me, after the GM general manager unveiled the Camaro and gave his interpertation of whar the car meant the automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, "What is a Camaro?", they replied it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs".

That is so awesome.

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So then, I read further on to find an article written by Scott Settlemire - Fbodfather -, I love how the article titles him "Author, Camaro Subject Matter Expert", and wondering, was this really a word before the car? I had never really given this aspect of my favorite car much thought, it simply was a camaro. If you happen to read this Scott, maybe you can shed some light on it. Sorry if this has been disscussed to death already, but the 'eating mustangs' deffinition made me laugh so hard that I had to post it.

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yea i heard it means "comrade" which is practically the same thing.
I hate it when people say it means shrimp in spanish, shrimp is spelled camarón.
I was really pissed when i heard this in a review of motor trend.

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yea i heard it means "comrade" which is practically the same thing.
I hate it when people say it means shrimp in spanish, shrimp is spelled camarón.
I was really pissed when i heard this in a review of motor trend.
yeah, I have a friend that's a mustang guy and he swears up and down that it means shrimp...I told him no matter what it means, I would stomp his *ss in a race


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It sounds better than Panther.

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yea i heard it means "comrade" which is practically the same thing.
I hate it when people say it means shrimp in spanish, shrimp is spelled camarón.
I was really pissed when i heard this in a review of motor trend.
Yeah, that's like an insult. I am kinda thinking that they made up the word, only those who were there will truly know, like I said I can't seem to find any other reference to the word but the car. But I have not spent hours reasearching this, that is why I posted it, to see what every one else has heard.

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yeah, I have a friend that's a mustang guy and he swears up and down that it means shrimp...I told him no matter what it means, I would stomp his *ss in a race
Right... GM execs, after scouring dictionaries and thesauri for a catchy name to attach to their answer to the Mustang, came up with "shrimp". Your Mustang friend must not be very bright.

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Right... GM execs, after scouring dictionaries and thesauri for a catchy name to attach to their answer to the Mustang, came up with "shrimp". Your Mustang friend must not be very bright.

A shrimp that eats mustangs, maybe a prehistoric shrimp.

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A shrimp that eats mustangs, maybe a prehistoric shrimp.
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