bulldozer = 'bucket loader'

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Nov 3 03:20:56 UTC 2012

I remember the machines from the later 1950s.  My speech community called them simply "loaders."


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 10:00 PM

BTW, "bucket loader" was originally applied (some will say "correctly") to
a rather different kind of loading machine - which isn't in OED either!

Does anybody know when "front-end loaders" were introduced? I seem to
recall seeing one in action in NYC in 1953, though I was too young to have
had any word for it at the time. But I don't fully trust my memory in this
case: it could have been a backhoe or even a real bulldozer (though I think
I'd have recognized the latter).

But I'm pretty sure it was that yellowish color.


On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > OED has only "front-end loader."
> And rightly so! ;-)
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