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    The Professional Drivers' War on Articles

    In the past couple of years, I've noticed a strange grammatical trend among those that drive for a living, no matter what the vehicle is. Instead of one saying that they are a "truck driver" or that they "drive trucks", instead they say "I drive truck" for a living, dropping the pronoun. Same thing with people who "drive bus", "drive taxi", "drive wheelchair van", and the like.

    Imagine a blue-shirt, khaki-panted man telling others that "I plan city", or an architect that says "I design building." Doesn't sound right, does it? So, why do people that drive vehicles for a living drop the pronoun? I have no idea. I'm guessing it's so they can sound like an insider of sorts. What say you?
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    So, why do people that drive vehicles for a living drop the pronoun?
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    In the past couple of years, I've noticed a strange grammatical trend among those that drive for a living, no matter what the vehicle is. Instead of one saying that they are a "truck driver" or that they "drive trucks", instead they say "I drive truck" for a living, dropping the pronoun. Same thing with people who "drive bus", "drive taxi", "drive wheelchair van", and the like.

    Imagine a blue-shirt, khaki-panted man telling others that "I plan city", or an architect that says "I design building." Doesn't sound right, does it? So, why do people that drive vehicles for a living drop the pronoun? I have no idea. I'm guessing it's so they can sound like an insider of sorts. What say you?
    How long have you been back in Buffalo, Dan? Could it be another infamous "Buffalo-ism"? I hadn't noticed it, but I'll pay more attention now.

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    Can't say I've noticed it. Maybe I'm just not around enough people who drive truck.
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    It's been around for years. I think it's an insider thing, and maybe a bit of a class thing, too.

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    It is not something I have noticed around those of us that drive Subaru. I wonder if it also holds true for people who ride bike.
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    Me notice people driving truck. Not so good english. Talk wrong and things.

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    I've never heard that around here.

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    Being around people who drive truck, I hear it often. I can't explain it though. Sometimes, I too, drive truck. Happily, I usually operate "equipment", which is already a plural as well as a singular word. (Although, in college, I did have an instructor, who was a native of Bulgaria, that often referred to "equipments", but I digress...)

    Me notice people driving truck. Not so good english. Talk wrong and things.
    Me notice none of the planners caught Dan's error.

    It's either the article "a" (I drive a truck), or the "s" indicating the plural form (I drive trucks), that's being dropped. The only pronoun in those examples is the personal pronoun "I".
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    That's common usage around here, too.

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    I have noticed in different parts of the country where I have worked, but primarily by truck drivers, their families or people who work in truck stops. I have not noticed the term used by bus drivers, cab drivers or others who drive a vehicle for a living. But that is just my limited exposure. I do admit that it caught me by surprise when I first heard "drive truck". But somewhat off topic I text the same way

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