Talk:Trunk (car)

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Trunk in the back safer?[edit]

I heard that the trunk positioned in the back, while the engine in the front is a safer configuration than the opposite. Is this true? If so, why? Malamockq 04:21, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

When a front boot is empty or filled with rather soft things (a bag for example), which is the most usual condition seeing that front boots are usually quite small when compared to rear boots and that front-booted (or middle/rear-engined for that matter) vehicles aren't usually used as cargo-carriers (with the exception of mid-engined vans), there is less stuff in the front to absorb the frontal impact of a crash, meaning that the dashboard and the cabin accomoditions are more likely to be reached by the other vehicle or being pushed to the driver without direct contact, the likelihood of serious injuries or death goes up. --DifiCa 18:00, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
all true. Additionally the mass of the rear mounted engine will tend to crush the passenger compartment between it and anything the vehicle collides with.Zebulin (talk) 10:14, 1 July 2008 (UTC)


Where did the words come from and how did it go from boot to trunk? A history of the words would be good Sweetie candykim (talk) 09:39, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

It looks from the wiki information that the two terms developed independently and fairly straightforwardly: "boot" coming from an area of a carriage (for boot storage? a place where you stepped to get up?), and "trunk" referring quite literally to a trunk attached to the car (such as shown in the pictures). One could muse about the tradition-mindedness of Brits vs. the practical literal-mindedness of us Yanks, but I doubt there will ever be a solid explanation of why one is used in some places and the other elsewhere. Fool4jesus (talk) 16:44, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
The usual explanation for 'boot' is that it derives from French 'boite' (box). However, I don't know of an authoratitive source for this. Dayvey (talk) 14:06, 10 March 2014 (UTC)


I've removed what appears to be a bit of folk-etymology in the first paragraph: the explanation for 'diggy' being 'because people dig the tire out of it'. 'Diggy' looks much more like a corruption of 'dickie', which is probably the older word (cars were a common sight in Britain while they were still rare in South Asia). Dayvey (talk) 14:19, 10 March 2014 (UTC)


So, RGloucester moved this from Trunk(Automobile) to Trunk(car) without any semblance of debate. Surely this should be moved back. If the problem is with "automobile", this article is to be written in American English, not british english,(see the talk page box with the 13 striped flag...) ~ipuser (talk) 23:38, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Are you trying to argue that "car" isn't American English? That's the most absurd thing I've ever heard. RGloucester 01:05, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
No, I'm arguing that we shouldn't move articles without a discussion first. Ok, that's not an argument, it's a statement. An emphatic statement. We shouldn't move articles without discussion first! If anyone is wondering what I mean by that, I shall spell it out...if we have an article, and you (as a user) dislike it's current title, then you should do a request move, and have it discussed, reach a consensus and, upon reaching consensus, move the article. Without these steps, one should not move an article. Under this logic, this article should be moved back! ~~ipuser (talk) 08:17, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Sadly, that's not how Wikipedia works. We can all make page moves if we think that they are an improvement, in line with Wikipedia policies. This is a great improvement. RGloucester 14:36, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
The process is known as WP:BRD (Bold, Revert, Discuss). Wp encourages you to be bold and make a change. If somebody strongly objects then they can revert the change and then a discussion starts on the talk page. No related changes are made on the article page until the discussion has stopped. If the discussion stalls then the article is left in the previous condition (ie before the bold change). Note that it is not BRBRBRBRD - only one change from each side is allowed and anything more without agreement is seriously frowned upon.
Personally, I think both forms are about equal validity and that we shouldn't do change for change sake and that we are about to get into a heated argument over very little.  Stepho  talk  10:27, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
It isn't for any "sake" other than the article titles policy, namely WP:CONSISTENCY and WP:CONCISE. RGloucester 14:36, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

North America and Jamaica[edit]

The first sentence currently reads: "The trunk (North America and Jamaica)..."

Isn't Jamaica in North America? Is there a special reason that we single out this country? Hoof Hearted (talk) 16:44, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Ah! I see it was changed in October 2014 from "...North American English and Jamaican English..." to its current form. It may have been necessary to make this distinction when talking about languages, but seems incorrect if we only list regions. Any other thoughts? Hoof Hearted (talk) 17:02, 6 January 2017 (UTC)