Barrington Freight Blog: Lorry to Europe or Truck to Europe – which …
It occurred to us today that the word “Lorry” is not used much in the freight industry. Most freight company1 staff would use the more American phrase “Truck” or “Trailer” when talking about the vehicles used in European road transport2.
A sure indication as to the decline of the word is that there isn’t a Wikipedia page for Lorries only Trucks. This page does however provide some interesting background –
“Lorry” redirects here. For other uses, see Lorry (disambiguation) or Truck (disambiguation).
A truck (North American and Australian English) or lorry (British and Commonwealth English) is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration, with the smallest being mechanically similar to an automobile. Commercial trucks can be very large and powerful, and may be configured to mount specialized equipment, such as in the case of fire trucks and concrete mixers and suction excavators. Modern trucks are powered by either gasoline or diesel engines, with diesel dominant in commercial applications. In the European Union vehicles with a gross combination mass of less than 3,500 kilograms (7,716 lb) are known as Light commercial vehicles and those over as Large goods vehicles.
The word “truck” might have come from a back-formation of “truckle” with the meaning “small wheel”, “pulley”, from Middle English trokell, in turn fromLatin trochlea. Another explanation is that it comes from Latin trochus with the meaning of “iron hoop”. In turn, both go back to Greek trokhos ( ) meaning “wheel” from trekhein ( , “to run”). The first known usage of “truck” was in 1611 when it referred to the small strong wheels on ships’ cannon carriages. In its extended usage it came to refer to carts for carrying heavy loads, a meaning known since 1771. With the meaning of “motor-powered load carrier”, it has been in usage since 1930, shortened from “motor truck”, which dates back to 1916.12
“Lorry” has a more uncertain origin, but probably has its roots in the railroad industry, where the word is known to have been used in 1838 to refer to a type of truck (a freight car as in British usage, not a bogie as in the American), specifically a large flat wagon. It probably derives from the verb lurry (to pull, tug) of uncertain origin. With the meaning of “self-propelled vehicle for carrying goods” it has been in usage since 1911.34
For more details on this topic, see List of truck types. In the United States, Canada and Philippines “truck” is usually reserved for commercial vehicles larger than normal cars including pickups and other vehicles having an open load bed. InAustralia, New Zealand and South Africa, the word “truck” is mostly reserved for larger vehicles; in Australia and New Zealand, a pickup truck is usually called a ute (short for “utility”), while inSouth Africa it is called a bakkie (Afrikaans: “container”). In the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland and Hong Kong lorry is used instead of truck, but only for the medium and heavy types.
In American English, the word “truck” is often preceded by a word describing the type of vehicle, such as a “fire truck” or “tanker truck”. In British English these would be referred to as “fire engine” and “tanker” or “petrol tanker”, respectively. In Canada and the United States, “fire engine” is also used.
In the UK, three truck shows are popular – Shropshire Truck Show in Oswestry Showground during May, The UK Truck Show held in June at Santa Pod Raceway, and FIA European Drag Racing Championships from the home of European Drag-Racing. The UK Truck Show features drag-racing with 6-tonne trucks from the British Truck Racing Association, plus other diesel-powered entertainment.
Truck shows provide operators with an opportunity to win awards for their trucks.
So it seems that in the freight industry, we have adopted the US or Australian derived word Truck to describe our Lorries.
Whatever the word you prefer, we have access to hundreds of TRUCKS and LORRIES everyday looking for reloads to Europe.
Please call us today for GROUPAGE, PALLETS, PART LOADS, FULL LOADS we can provide transport on EUROLINERS, MEGA TRAILERS, FLAT BEDS TRAILERS and BOX TRAILERS.
…and many other countries in Europe.
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