Why are semi trucks called semi's?

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  1. JasonF

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    I have always wondered about that! I have some trucker buddys and they don't know. Any one know????
     
  2. Vlad D

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    I was thinking about just the other day. Still don't know.
     
  3. David McGough

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    Its 2 parts a truck and a hauler/trailer
     
  4. Bob Graz

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    Quick Definitions for 'semi'
    noun: one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
    noun: a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
    noun: a trailer having wheels only in the rear

    from Ask Jeeves
     
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    I believe it's also a truncation of "semi trailer truck", following the defintion Bob gave.
     
  6. Evelio Figueroa

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    Hmmmm....good question. I'm a truck driver and I don't even call it a semi. I haul gasoline, so instead of saying "semi," I say I drive a "tanker."


    N E who (Boy, I love saying that! [​IMG] ) I think it depends on what part of the U.S. you're from. People here in Texas call'em "big rigs" Now I seen the word "rig" as part of a home theater setup. For example....."Bring your DVD and we'll check it out on my rig." I hardly hear the word "semi" since I'm around tankers all the time.
     
  7. Tony Whalen

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    Because calling them "partials" would just be silly?

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Actually, I agree with folks above...because it's part truck, and part trailer.
     
  8. MarkHastings

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    To follow Tony's response...

    Why do chicken coupes have 2 doors?

    So, I guess it's called a semitrailer (or tractor-trailer) because the trailer portion doesn't have wheels in the front. - It's half of a trailer.
     
  9. JasonF

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    That makes sense.
     
  10. Jason_Els

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    I prefer the British term, "articulated lorry". It's much funnier.
     

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