Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: dodging semis

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    2
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default dodging semis

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

  2. #2
    Ouisch's Avatar
    Ouisch is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,142
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.")

  3. #3
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,332
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

    b

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    2
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: dodging semis

    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).

  5. #5
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    16,291
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: dodging semis

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

  6. #6
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,332
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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'.

    b

  7. #7
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,332
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: dodging semis

    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].

    b

  8. #8
    Philly is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    620
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk