Guys, as most of you know there are different terms for various car parts in different countries. Now, as an Australian born and bred, I use English derived names (and spellings). I am, however, used to (most) American terms. I have learned a few new ones whilst reading the posts on this site. Sometimes the origin of these names can be a little obscure.
One that has me confused is bonnet/hood. This never worried me, just put it down to language differences, until I read a few posts about acetylene headlights. In talking about these the posters would refer to the top cover as "the bonnet". Now, to my eyes, this "bonnet" looks almost exactly like the cover over the engine! That being so, where does the word "hood" come from?
Cheers, confused Paul
Found this online, probably number 3 under noun has something to do with it:
Middle English, from Old English h¨d, from Proto-Germanic *h¨daz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoed, German Hut), from Sarmato-Scythian *xauda 'hat' (compare Avestan xaoda, Old Persian xaud¨¡), from Proto-Indo-European *kadh- 'to cover'. More at hat.
hood (not comparable)
1.Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people¡¯s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
[show ¨‹]Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects
hood (plural hoods)
1.A covering such as worn over one¡¯s head.
2.A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
3.An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.
4.(automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
5.(US, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor vehicle. Also known as a bonnet in other countries.
6.(slang) gangster, thug. Short for hoodlum.
7.(UK) abbreviation for hoodie, in the sense of a person wearing such a garment.
8.(slang) neighborhood. What is goin' down in the hood?
9.A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.
(engine cover): bonnet, cowl
Thanks for that, I didn't think to "Google" it, silly me.
Do you guys have "boot" sales like the Brits?
We use boot for your trunk but, no, we don't have boot sales. FYI, it is a Car Boot Sale in the UK. :-)