You’re driving down the highway in your car. You see that the highway divides into ‘cars only’ and ‘cars + trucks.’ This is just one moment in the linguist trouble of the car/truck dichotomy.

Naturally, you, in your far-from-normal car, are allowed in the ‘cars only’ section. The highway is concerned with big truck trucks like 18 wheelers.

But do you think of your car as a small thing in the truck category? Or do you think of it as a big thing in the car category? Do some cars blend from one to the other?

Are cars trucks?


truck [truhk] noun

1. any of various forms of vehicle for carrying goods and materials, usually consisting of a single self-propelled unit but also often composed of a trailer vehicle hauled by a tractor unit.