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    What does the expression 'dodging semis' mean? Apparently it is related to driving on a motorway.

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    Re: dodging semis

    In AmE, a "semi" is a semi-trailer truck, or 18 wheeler. Folks in cars don't like to get stuck in traffic behind a semi, because they move a bit slower than the rest of us, so they move from lane to lane to get around them.

    (PS It's pronounced "sem-eye" in this case, not "sem-ee.")

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    Re: dodging semis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, a "semi" is a semi-trailer truck, or 18 wheeler. Folks in cars don't like to get stuck in traffic behind a semi, because they move a bit slower than the rest of us, so they move from lane to lane to get around them.

    (PS It's pronounced "sem-eye" in this case, not "sem-ee.")
    Well you live and learn - for us speakers of BE a 'semi' is a sort of building, so 'dodging semis' would be some sort of suburban aerobatics.

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    Thank you very much. I knew it had to be American and perhaps I should have said so.
    BobK: I am glad that a BE expert has learned something because of my question . I promise won’t use the expression in GB, except when I mean ‘suburban aerobatics’, which is unlikely since I don’t really understand what that would be (even though I found ‘aerobatics’ on Wiki).

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    Re: dodging semis

    Bob, I know that a lorry is a truck, but what do you call those giant 18-wheelers?

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    Re: dodging semis

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Bob, I know that a lorry is a truck, but what do you call those giant 18-wheelers?
    An 'articulated lorry' (usually abbreviated to 'artic'). Lorry-drivers refer to them as 'my wagon' (I'm not sure if they'd use this term for a lorry that wasn't articulated.... Could be.)

    Where we have adopted the AmE (I think) is for the accidents they have: a jack-knifed artic'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amphioxus View Post
    Thank you very much. I knew it had to be American and perhaps I should have said so.
    BobK: I am glad that a BE expert has learned something because of my question . I promise won’t use the expression in GB, except when I mean ‘suburban aerobatics’, which is unlikely since I don’t really understand what that would be (even though I found ‘aerobatics’ on Wiki).
    In BE a 'semi' is a semi-detached house (one building split down the middle, with two front doors). A semi is typical of the suburban townscape [like landscape, but referring to buildings in a town].

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    Re: dodging semis

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    An 'articulated lorry'
    That expression has always tickled my fancy since it sounds to my American ear as if you're actually talking about a clear pronunciation of a woman's name.

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