Hi readers. From the Civil War until today KIA has meant Killed in Action. Never meant anything else that I’m aware of. Everyone knew what it meant.
So when I began noticing little medallions on cars with KIA on them a few years back I assumed it was some after-factory patriotic thing that didn’t make any more sense than all these damned Chinese-made ribbons demanding people support our troops, eat our veggies, and go to church Sundays.
Well, guess what. It’s the name of a real, actual automobile manufactured in Korea. A good one, I’m told. Though its sales were probably slow off the starting line. Who the hell wants a car with Killed in Action medallions all over it.
Jeanne’s car search has led her in the direction of KIAs because they have lousy resale value. Those and Hyundai. Both Korean. I heartily approve because I’d hate to give any support at all to Japan, whether it’s the car industry used resales, or anything else.
And Koreans are good folks, even if you can’t understand their inscrutable senses of humor. Naming a car Killed in Action, for instance.