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Tuesday, 16 February 2016


A motor vehicle designed to transport cargo is called a lorry in the Indian sub continent, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom and a truck in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United States.

The word lorry was first seen in English in 1838 when it referred to the luggage truck on a train.

The Oxford English Dictionary states that its etymology is obscure but it may be related to the dialect verb 'lurry,' meaning to lug or drag along, which dates back to the 17th century.

The first motorized lorry was designed and built in 1895 by Karl Benz using the internal combustion engine.  A year later, in 1896, another internal combustion engine truck was built by Gottlieb Daimler, who also produced the first motorbike and the first taxi. Other companies, such as Peugeot, Renault and Büssing, also built their own versions.

A Benz truck modified by Netphener company (1895)

The first truck in the United States was built by Autocar in 1899 and was available with optional 5 or 8 horsepower motors.

The earliest record reference to a “lorry driver” was in 1926.

It was reported in 2016 that there is only one female lorry driver in Pakistan.

The American word 'truck' comes from the Greek word for wheel: 'trochos.'

Source Daily Express

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