|The tropical entrance to the Hooded Merganser|
|On the Deck|
Words fascinate me. There are a multitude of words circulating about the word "lorry".
Lorry is possibly derived from "to lurry" meaning to lug or pull. A second meaning of lorry is a truck or wagon running on rails, maybe in a colliery? All this came up because there was a big collision on a bridge between two "tractor-trailers" in BC recently, resulting in the closure of the Trans-Canada highway for days, first to clear the wreckage, then more days to repair the bridge. ( Our Trans-Canada highway is a great invention enabling one to drive the whole of Canada from East to West, but it works a bit like the old English A1 plus little bits of M1 here and there, so having mostly only one lane in each direction means it easily gets blocked with accidents, snow- mud-, or rock-slides.)
In UK ,tractor-trailers are called "articulated lorries or trucks". I always thought of a tractor as being a piece of farm equipment. Strange how the English Language changes! So, lorry, wagon, truck, tractor, semi, HGV, flatbed, van, take your pick, they all may pull trailers full of nice things for us all to buy or eat, or in Alan's case, to drink!