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Delaware license plate: PV NRT

  1. Oct 24, 2014 #1
    My wife an I went out to dinner today, and we saw this Delaware license plate on a car in the restaurant parking lot:

    PV NRT

    How nerdy can a person get? What a gas!!!

    Chet
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2014 #2

    jtbell

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    What kind of car was it? An ideal one like a BMW?
     
  4. Oct 24, 2014 #3

    lisab

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    Nice to see he's law-abiding.
     
  5. Oct 24, 2014 #4
    Ha. Good one.

    My mind was so blown, I didn't really notice what kind of car it was.

    Chet
     
  6. Oct 25, 2014 #5

    dlgoff

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    By having the other tag ... PV KNT
     
  7. Oct 25, 2014 #6

    Matterwave

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    NKT...NKT I've never seen it as KNT. Just like it's nRT not RnT!
     
  8. Oct 25, 2014 #7

    Danger

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    Obviously more so than me; I had to Google to find out what the hell you were talking about. o:)
    That is very clever.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2014 #8
    Under Pressure with David Bowie and Freddie Mercury is a classic.

    Hg's vocals have a way of relieving the pressure.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2014 #9

    dlgoff

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    Yea. Typo.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2014 #10

    Mark44

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    A couple of years ago I saw a car whose WA license plate said '3EHKA'.

    This was obviously (to me, at least) a personalized license plate. Can any of you figure out the meaning of this plate?
     
  12. Oct 28, 2014 #11

    Maylis

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    Eureka?
     
  13. Oct 28, 2014 #12
    I Googled it and got some hits, but I still don't know what it's supposed to be. Try Googling it, and see what you can figure out.

    Chet
     
  14. Oct 28, 2014 #13

    Mark44

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    No, not even close.
     
  15. Oct 28, 2014 #14

    Mark44

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    Here are a couple of hints: it was a personalized license plate for someone from a European country where they don't use a Roman alphabet.
     
  16. Oct 28, 2014 #15
    Russian - Zack ?
     
  17. Oct 28, 2014 #16

    Danger

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    Oh, okay then. That's more sensible. Until you divulged that, all that I could think of was that it might be a misspelling of a really bad poker hand.
     
  18. Oct 28, 2014 #17

    Mark44

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    Not Russian, but you're on the right track. It's not Zack, but it does start with Z (as a Roman letter).

    Another hint: The driver was almost certainly female.
     
  19. Oct 28, 2014 #18

    Mark44

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    LOL!
     
  20. Oct 29, 2014 #19

    Mark44

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    In the Cyrillic alphabet, 'З' corresponds to Z in the Roman alphabet, and 'H' corresponds to N, so the driver's name was probably Zenka.

    If I had to guess, I'd say that she was Serbian.
     
  21. Oct 29, 2014 #20
    H corresponds to G in cyrillic. For instance Harry is Garry in Russian or what kind of correspondence are we talking about?
     
  22. Oct 29, 2014 #21

    Mark44

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    No, it doesn't, although I understand what you're trying to say. Russian doesn't have an 'H' sound, and the closest they have is X, which is similar to the sound of "ch" in the German "ach" or Scottish "loch". Non-Russian words that begin with the letter H get transformed to start with G, with one example I've been told of being Gitler, of Third Reich infamy.

    The Cyrillic letter H is pronounced the same as N in the Roman alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet, which is used in Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria and several other countries, is based in large part on the Greek alphabet, where H is uppercase "nu". Likewise, the Russian letter P is identical to the uppercase Greek letter "rho."
    Letters that appear the same in both alphabets (Cyrillic and Roman) but are pronounced differently.
     
  23. Oct 29, 2014 #22

    Danger

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    And you gotta love my 3 favourite Cyrillic letters: (although I don't know how to spell them in Roman letters so I'll try phonetic): svar biznyik, mach biznyik, and yuri. Although it seems peculiar at first svar biznyik is actually no more complicated as a letter than "double-you" English. (And in fact, they are modifiers as opposed to actual letters.)
     
  24. Oct 30, 2014 #23

    Mark44

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    It took me a little while to figure out which letters you meant.
    Transliterating the Russian names, they are
    myakee znak (soft sign) - ь
    tvyordee znak (hard sign) - ъ
    yeri - ы
    The first two aren't letters, per se. They modify the preceding consonant, as you say below. Many words, including virtually all verb infinitives, end with the soft sign. I don't remember ever seeing any words that used the hard sign, but then I'm not a native speaker.
    The last one is a vowel.

    For difficulty of pronunciation, I kind of like these two:
    Щ and Ц
    shch (as in rash choice) and ts (as in rats).
     
  25. Oct 30, 2014 #24

    Danger

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    That's actually preferable to the way that I was taught: "church cheese". :eek:
    I once sprained my tongue in an intense practise session of that damned thing.
     
  26. Nov 8, 2014 #25

    Dr Transport

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    Saw this car at the University of Missouri St Louis (UMSL)

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