"Flivver" in OED
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Sun Jun 8 21:44:29 UTC 2003
Well, the adjective form of "automobile" is after all the older form. "Automobile truck" turns out to be a surprisingly common term in the old days. Here's the oldest I saw, from 1908 (OED has 1916 for "motor truck"):
>>In the ultimate analysis there is no difference in principle whether draying is done by horses and wagons, or by automobile trucks; whether grading is done by horses and scrapers, or by traction engines and steam paddies.<<
Wood, Curtis & Co. v. El Dorado Lumber Co., 153 Cal. 230, 94 P. 877 (Cal. Mar 13, 1908).
From: Mark A Mandel [mailto:mam at THEWORLD.COM]
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2003 5:26 PM
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Subject: Re: "Flivver" in OED
"Automobile truck"! There it looks to me as if "automobile" is being
used as an adjective, like "mobile", in a way we wouldn't see
today; = 'self-propelling' rather than 'self-propelling vehicle'.
-- Mark A. Mandel
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
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