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Почему-то неожиданно восхитилась словом lorry. Этимология оказалась темна.

Lorry has a more uncertain origin, but probably has its roots in the railroad industry, where the word is known to have been used in 1838 to refer to a type of truck (a freight car as in British usage, not a bogie as in the American), specifically a large, flat wagon. It probably derives from the verb lurry (to pull, tug) of uncertain origin. With the meaning of self-propelled vehicle for carrying goods it has been in usage since 1911.

No one really knows why lorry became so popular in England. It was first a kind of long wagon or railway car and might have been named from a word lurry meaning “to pull.”
Whatever the case, the word truck appeared about a century before that meaning also a kind of “trolly” or “cart” but had before that meant a kind of “roller” or “wheel.”

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