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Episode 1493

Gee and Haw

The highly specialized vocabulary of people who work outdoors, communicating with sled dogs, a word from the sport of rock-climbing, church key, browse line, smeuse, nitnoy, mommick, zawn, zwer, boom dog, and I think my pig is whistling. This...

Boom Dog

A trucker in Glasgow, Kentucky, wonders about the term boom dog, a device used to secure things on a trailer. The boom may be inspired by a ship’s boom. The word dog has long been used in a variety of ways to refer to something that holds...

coolio

coolio  n.— «What the trucker cap and wallet chain were to hipsters of a moment ago, the Kramden is to what my colleague Mike Albo refers to as the “coolios” of now. Leading with a belly is a male privilege of long standing, of course, a...

run wild

run wild  v. phr.— «His usual workweek is a five-day, four-night route around California or the Southwest—”running wild” in Wal-Mart trucker parlance—delivering goods to stores, used pallets to warehouses and...

pickle park

pickle park  n.— «Once while passing a “Pickle Park” in mid-Virginia, I heard a trucker trying to sell a 150w linear.» —“Re: Politically incorrect CB topics…“ by Arlen Speights Usenet: rec.radio.cb Apr...

headache bar

headache bar  n.— «The state is also considering the installation of a “headache bar.” That is a device that would use chains hanging from an overhead sign near the bridge to warn a trucker that his vehicle is too tall for the...

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