Is "Powerglide" even a word?

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  1. SMOG

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    Just something that has been bugging me for ages...

    I'd always assumed that "Powerglide" was actually some aeronautical expression or technical term, which would make it a good code name for a Transformer plane. But looking around, I can't seem to find any reference for it.

    Is "Powerglide" just some word that they made up? If so... isn't that kind of a dumb name? :) 

    If anyone has any additional info, let me know.

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    It's no dumber than 'Optimus Prime', 'Megatron', 'Galvatron' or 'Rodimus'.

    No wait...'Rodimus' is the worst name in the history of TF.

    But 'Powerglide' isn't bad.
     
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    They should have named him after something real, like sunstreaker, skywarp and grimlock. OH WAIT
     
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    Of all the names to pick on. Powerglide? haha
     
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    Agreed. "Rodimus" is up there with the worst TF names ever... Cheetor isn't gold either, but I tend to ignore BW names in general. :) 

    Ahem... you guys will take note that I didn't say that "Powerglide" is a dumb name because it is a made up word... I meant that "Powerglide" is an awfully dumb name for someone to have made up thinking it sounded cool.

    I mean, it doesn't have the same ring to it as Skywarp or Optimus or Grimlock... it's like the difference between having a good superhero name, and a name made by Rob Liefeld for Image Comics. :) 

    If it was actually a code name that referred to some specific technical expression or figure of speech (re:names like Afterburner, Ramjet, Overdrive, Downshift, Sideswipe, etc) I'd forgive that. But doesn't "powerglide" sound, I dunno... kind of lame? Like a brand of lubricant for vibrators or something? :) 

    And yeah... I DID find the bit about the automotive trademark "Powerglide" but since it didn't have anything to do with airplanes, I kind of discounted that possibility...

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    How about Big Daddy, I always thought that was terrible name. Banzai-tron, that has got to be worse than Powerglide.
     
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    Yeah a powerglide tranny is great for Drag Racing too :D 
     
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    Erector...
     
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    Powerglide is way up there on the list of TF names that can sound dirty.
     
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    Could be worse.... he could have been a spaceship named "Astroglide."
     
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    Or he could've wound up with Windbreaker's name.
     
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    I don't think it's related to the transmission, considering he's a jet. I think it's a variation on the term "power dive", which is a term for when an airplane dives with its engines on full thrust.

    The maneuver, if I remember correctly, was used by bombers in WWII. They had to dive down close to their targets to have a chance in hell of hitting them back in the days before smart bombs - hence the term dive-bomber.
     
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    powerglide and rodimus, is worse then chuck? *headmasters dub* or Glen? *one of the constructicons in japan*
     
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    :lol 

    Big Daddy sounds like the name of a pimp. Or a woman's nick name for her man. But IMPO the worst names go as follows

    Taken from the Headmasters dub

    1. Billy a.k.a. Blaster
    2. Wally a.k.a. Blurr
    3. Phillip a.k.a.Metroplex
    4. New Soundwave a.k.a. Soundblaster
     
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    considering gliding is generally considered to be unpowered flight, Powerglide's name might be considered oxymoron.

    Gotta watch out for those TF name debates, before someone trots out the Japanese names like Glen and Drillnuts. :) 
     
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    heh i always loved Drillnuts...

    They called Metroplex Philip over there?

    WTF?
     
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    BEST name has to be for the group "Breast Force" :lol 
     

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