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Hood, Bonnet & Trunk...say WHAT?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Birdman, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

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    OK I have a stupid question. Here in the USA we call the thing covering the engine in the front of a car a "hood" and the thing covering the storage in the back a "trunk". In England I understand that they call the hood the "bonnet" and the trunk the "boot".

    Now, take the case of a mid-engined Ferrari. The thing in the front no longer covers the engine, so is it the trunk (boot)? But then the storage is still in the back with the engine (on a 308 anyway) so is the back the trunk or is it the hood, because there's an engine under there?

    Now I'm taking a goofy poll...(informally)...

    What do you call the thing in the front and the thing in the back? I'm thinking about just sticking to what I know and calling the front the hood and the back the trunk and to hell with what's underneath!

    Birdman
     
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  3. murph7355

    murph7355 Formula 3

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    I call the storage area up front the boot.

    The rear opening I call the engine cover as bonnet doesn't seem right somewhow.
     
  4. Prova85

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    So that would mean I have a battery, carpeting and some tools under the hood and 400+hp in the trunk ! Try to explain that to a NASCAR guy !!

    Kenny K.
     
  5. thecarreaper

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    ha ha!! LMAO!!!
     
  6. Verell

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    Jonathan,
    Great topic. I've decided to go with Ferrari's FPC terminology. They use Bonnet for the front lid & boot for the engine covering lid. ie: Bonnet latch lever & boot latch lever.

    Before that I was using 'hood' and trunk respectively.
     
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  8. jmillard308

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    What he said :)
     
  9. DGS

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    The Trunk -
    American: the cargo compartment of a car
    British: the front of an elephant

    The Boot -
    British: the cargo compartment of a motorcar
    American: what they gave the British in 1776

    A Hood -
    American: an engine cover
    British: an American

    A Bonnet -
    British: an engine cover
    American: if you wear one, you'll get the boot from a hood

    Things the British and Americans have in common:
    Both Benny Hill and Jerry Lewis are more popular in France than at home.


    The Ferrari Navy:
    The Forward Hatch.
    The Rear escape Trunk. ;)
    Down periscope!



    Somehow, "Tales from the 'bonnet" just doesn't cut it.
     
  10. pma1010

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    We recognize, Mr. DGS, that Americans mostly kindly refer to us as "Brits" or "limeys". The later comes from eating limes to combat scurvy when we used to rule the waves. Most popular in those dark times when Winston was telling us we were going to be fighting the bad guys on the beaches and never surrendering.

    My countrymen's pet name for Americans is "Yank". A rather endearing term. I have no idea of the derivation (perhaps someone can enlighten us), although various unflattering images come to mind. Still seems to be in common usage "over there".

    The cockneys use a less common, and rather less flattering "pet name", as you may know, "Septic". Cockney rhyming slang has it as sceptic tank = yank. Septic tanks, are rather unpleasant things, containing a variety of waste product.

    We are still sore about the TP, even if by now we love the US dearly and some of us have become citizens of this fine land.

    Don't mess with our bonnets. And, please leave the French out of it. We had a "skirmish" with you guys in 1776. We were at war with the Frogs for 100 years!
    Philip
     
  11. dm_n_stuff

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    Yank is derived from Yankee, a term used, especially during the Civil War, to describe someone from the Union or North.

    Before that Yankee was a more generalized term for people from the Northeast United States, the original 13 colonies being mostly comprised of these states with the exception of those south of the Mason-Dixon Line (PA-MD Border)

    I do not know the origins of the term Yankee itself. Sorry...
     
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  13. DGS

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    From Webster's Unabridged (1996):

    Yankee Doodle: A song with a melody of apparent British origin, popular with American troops during the Revolutionary War.

    Yankee: 1750-60, Amer.; perh. back formation from D Jan Kees John Cheese, nickname (mistaken for plural) applied by the Dutch of colonial New York to English settlers in Connecticut.

    So much for the theory that we're called Yanks because so many of us, in Europe, act like Jerks. ;) (Hey, we're on vacation. (or "on holiday"))
     
  14. wax

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    "Yankee" is a corrupt pronunciation of English or Anglais by American Indians - later, local yokel customs prevailed & Yankee was reserved for Nor'Easters by Southerners aka "Rednecks."
     
  15. 512tr

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    I think you guys are totally off the subject. LMAO
     
  16. dm_n_stuff

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    So, you'd like to give us the boot?

    boot us off?

    Yank the topic?

    Whatever....

    Seems no matter what, we get off topic in any topic, anyway...
     
  17. 4re gt4

    4re gt4 Formula 3

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    Back on topic......

    Bonnet up front, Boot for engine cover? Then what is the rear storage area in a GT4? (OK, OK, no smart-ass GT4 jokes.)
     
  18. roccapalumbo

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    If you want to be exact, since we are talking about "una macchina italiana"

    Cofano bagagliaio (front)

    Cofano motore (back)
     
  19. jmillard308

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    Where I come from, that is called a boot.
    Please do not ask me why :)
     
  20. 4re gt4

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    And the 'trunk' in a GT4??

    Edit: Oops, Millard. You posted first.
     
  21. Auraraptor

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    I say "front bonnet" and "rear decklid"
     
  22. stevej33

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    well chaps,
    here in England we have the bonnet (the bit in front of the windscreen)
    the boot (the bit at the very back, where the car rug and flask lives)
    and the engine cover (the bit that covers the e....... ,you guessed it!)
    (not our fault, if you lot cant speak proper........) only joking guys!
    steve j
     
  23. 4re gt4

    4re gt4 Formula 3

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    I guess I'm sticking with 'trunk' for the rear, err, trunk on a GT4, as it's placement and function is the same as regular 'Merican cars. But I'm still up in the air about what to call the engine cover and the useless front lid.
     

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