英会話ブログ その727      Animals, from A to Z

2015/11/28

"I" is for Impala

Well, for years, when I heard the word "impala", I thought, "car".  

In fact, when I was a kid, my uncle owned a Chevy Impala, which was a very "cool" medium-sized sedan, made by GM.  His was black and white and was fast as hell (powerful and speedy).  It reminded me of a police car.

I had never really thought about the name of the car, "Impala".  This is perhaps because car names just seem to creep into our consciousness and most of us don't  really think too deeply about it.  For example: Ford Mustand, Ford Taurus, Corvette Stingray, Chevy Impala, etc.

A lot of times, the car makers use animal names in the naming of their automobiles.  GM Chevrolet (Chevy) Impala is one such vehicle.  

However, what is an impala?  Perhaps, because of the naming of the Ford Mustang and the fact that the hood ornament is a horse, I probably was thinking that the "impala" was also a horse.  I never really gave it much thought.

It turns out that the impala is a South African antelope,  These animals run very fast !                          (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
fast as hell                      めちゃくちゃ速い
It reminded me of a police car.   パトカーを思い出させた。
creep into our consciousness      意識にしみ込んでくる
mustang                           野生馬
taurus                            牡牛
stingray                          アカエイ
hood ornament                     ボンネットの装飾品
It turns out that 〜       〜と言うことが判明する
antelope                          角を持ちシカのよう見えるウシ科の動物

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