Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Lexical Differences between AmE and AusE with cars by Ghoti657 Lexical Differences between AmE and AusE with cars by Ghoti657
Since moving to Australia I have noticed this. In my dialect of English (West Coast AmE) we distinguish between the place you put things in for a sedan vs a hatchback, wagon, SUV and/or van.

We call the one where there is an open space from the driver all the way back the 'way back' (as it is further back than the back).

Australians still call it a 'boot.' They seem to often know the AmE word for 'boot' in a sedan, the trunk, but then when I say 'I put it in the way back' when I drive a wagon they have no idea what I am talking about. 

I cannot yet bring myself to call either of them 'the boot,' but I guess I can try.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconetohautakuva:
Etohautakuva Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I feel like you might be the weird one as I've never heard anyone say "way back" for a vehicle term.  From what you described, I would use the term Trunk just as the Aussies say boot for both cars, I'd say trunk for both.

I'm speaking of course in pretty-much all around American English. (I moved a lot, never had a local accent or vernacular).
Reply
:iconghoti657:
Ghoti657 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Maybe in Washington state. The back of an SUV or hatchback has never been the trunk to me. 
Reply
:iconetohautakuva:
Etohautakuva Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
never been there, I've mostly lived in NC/SC/Georgia area, with many years in Arizona/NM, then in Missouri for a while.  Extended trips throughout another ~40 states.  Never heard "way back".  Sure it may never be trunk for you, but that's the point of Dialectal divergence and growth.

Although, I have heard people refer (I catch myself doing it too) to the back of an SUV or Station Wagon type vehicle as "bed" rather than "trunk" or even "Way back" because it's a large flat space like a truck bed.  Eg. "Put the table in the bed of the Jeep" The jeep in question being a Cherokee.  So in this extent, SUVs are more "truck" than "car" in terms of body shape and body parts.
Reply
:iconghoti657:
Ghoti657 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yes and I have heard 'bed' for trucks for sure. 
Reply
:icondarkvikingmistress:
DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Writer
You will have to try otherwise Australians will think you're a weirdo.
Reply
:iconghoti657:
Ghoti657 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
'boot' sounds weirdo to me. 
Reply
:icondarkvikingmistress:
DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Writer
American accents sound weird to me but I dealt lol
Reply
:iconghoti657:
Ghoti657 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:p
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×



Details

Submitted on
March 5
Image Size
244 KB
Resolution
1000×952
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
65
Favourites
2 (who?)
Comments
8
×