Armstrong steering, hungry boards and dollies
By Judy Evans
November 25, 2017 7:20pm CST
Yesterday we went to a food and wine festival in our local town. We enjoyed a wine and some lunch then came home for a few hours before going back to help a friend to pack up her wine stand. Her husband has left her for someone else and she is trying to run a vineyard and winery on her own. We offered to pack up the small marquee affair as she had another function to run back at the vineyard. We packed the marquee and various other bits and pieces into her old work utility. It has what we call ‘Armstrong steering’ meaning that it doesn’t have power steering so is very heavy to steer particularly at a slow speed in a restricted space. Hence you need strong arms to drive it. Armstrong steering made me think of ‘hungry boards’ which are boards put round the top of grain bins on trucks to enable the farmer to add a few extra kilos or pounds. I guess the term came about through farmers being greedy to add extra to their loads. And hungry boards reminded me of ‘dollies’ which a name sometimes given to the trailer towed behind a big truck, I guess much like a child would tow their doll along behind them. Isn’t it interesting how these unusual terms come about?
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• Eugene, Oregon
Yes, it is. I have heard of and used "armstrong steering" and have seen those "hungry boards" on trucks, though I am not sure what they are called here. Dollies here are those things that you stack boxes on in order to tilt is back and move a large load. The word may be used for trailers too though.
• Eugene, Oregon
@JudyEv Oh yes, so that is a "ute," Interesting differences. A neighbor of mine in his 80s just recently spent three weeks visiting an old"mate" there who is ill. Might have been in Adelaide. I will have to ask him. He was once there on a teacher exchange.
• United States
How kind of you and your husband to help her with her stand. I've used a dollies many times in moves, but it's powered by holding it and walking. I also love to learn about words--their starting points, how the meaning changes through time, and the difference the word means at different parts of the world.