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'Motor Vehicle Produced, 2017'

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发表于 3-11-2019 15:01:28 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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(1) The cover of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Mar 4, 2019: "Peak Car. We still drive 1.3 billion automobiles. But not for long. The mobility revolution is almost here."

(2) " Peak Car" is a wordplay on "peak oil,"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil
a theory popular until 2000s, when fracking came along.

(3) The summary underneath the title in the first article in this issue says it all: Keith Naughton and David Welch wit Alexandra Semenova, Car Troubles. summary: For many people, new forms of mobility may make owning a vehicle obsolete. (One new form is Uber.)

So there is no need to read text of any article in this issue.

(4) Elisabeth Behrmann, A Breakdown in Autobahn Culture.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/f ... -important-industry
("Karl Benz, the inventor of the automobile" in 1885)

Note:
(a)
(i) summary underneath the title in print: Carmaking is a pillar of German economy. Peak car poses a mortal threat to the industry
(ii) Print and the online version are identical.

(b) There is no need to read text, though. Just view the graphic with the headline "Motor Vehicle Produced, 2017."
(c) Behrmann can be either
(i) North German surname: "spelling variant, dating from the 17th century, of Biermann."
(ii) or Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname: "variant spelling of Berman [meaning 'bearman']."

(Modern) German-English dictionary:
* Bier (noun neuter): "beer"
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Bier
* Bär (noun masculinel from Middle High German bër): "bear"  (Sometimes, Bär is anglicized and spelled Baer, especially in surname found in US (there is a judge surnamed Baer in federal district court in New York City).
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Bär
   ^ Bern
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bern
   (section 1 Etymology)


Compare English dictionary:
* beer (n; "Middle English ber, going back to Old English bēor")
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beer
* bear (n; "Middle English bere, from Old English bera")
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bear

The "ber" in "Berman" is from Germanic element "ber(n)" denoting "bear." See the German dictionary above.
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