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10 comments on this post.
  1. bigjohn756:

    I call the actor who plays House ‘big truck’. But, only to myself, of course. It would be embarrassing if I had to explain it to the public.

  2. kevin o'malley:

    I was born in the USA. When I first heard the word lorry, I felt it was a child’s slang word so i refused to say it unless i had no other choice. Now I see it has a real meaning and it’s nice to see it’s a real word.

  3. no quarter:

    aht about truculent?

  4. dave:

    Truck and trade being synonymous, then perhaps truck wagon for trade vehicle would be the obvious progression – then shortened to truck, then reinvented as a verb. Just a thought.

    Lorries, well I’ve always loved them.

  5. Brian:

    There is something wonderful in tracing the derivation of words.

  6. Coogy:

    I drive a HGV/LGV in the UK, a 44 tonne articulated vehicle.

    I know of nobody who calls it a lorry and only a handful of people who call it a truck. Seemingly, if you’re from Manchester(UK) then that big noisy beastie which trundles down the road is called a wagon.

    How d’you like them apples?

  7. John:

    Lorry being a corruption of lurry, a low wagon, then wagon is from the cart, to my mind one higher off the ground with large wheels. Also wagon was spelt waggon by Sentinel always. My dad drove “lorries”, never trucks that I heard. As a teen I used to go around with a group that played working men’s clubs, and one was called “Carters and Motormens WMC”. In London you have the annual “Cart Marking” ceremony with the Lord Mayor where vehicles of all kinds are paraded before him.

  8. Steve:

    I from Leeds (Great Britain) and I always said Lorry when I was a kid, lots of people, me included still call them Lorrys even today.

  9. Karen:

    Always have and always will use lorry :)

  10. Norman:

    I’m from Newcastle upon Tyne UK.
    I’ve been an HGV driver for 30 years and have noticed unfortunately, more and more people using the term ‘truck’ nowadays!
    Maybe it’s the OLD fart in me but it’ll always be a wagon,unit,motor or lorry in my eyes.
    Truck is an Americanism dragged screaming and kicking, probably from the worst film (movie) ever made….Convoy!

    Ten four rubber duck!

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