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    Default Fire Engine or Fire Truck?

    I have always called it a fire engine and it has been that way for the 75 years of my life, but just lately I have been hearing the Yank version, fire truck. We are not Yank! Let's have the Kiwi version - fire engine.

    But then there was a story on the news recently where an interviewed fireman called it a fire appliance. So I would think that if the firemen who work in the business call it a fire appliance, then that is what we should call it.

    So, a fire appliance it is.
    It is better to wear out than to rust out.
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    Default Re: Fire Engine or Fire Truck?

    Appliance will be a PC, woke word so as not to offend the supporters of 'truck' or 'engine'. I'm betting bought in by the TV1 breakfast team on telly.

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    Same -- Always called and known as Fire Engine.

    There's no reason for everything to change to how the Yanks say things.

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    Lets stop the use of NZ slang .. please
    Slang is so much worse than so called americanisms that some here rant against

    Its not an engine . Its vehicle NOT an engine
    do we also broom the floor ? is that kiwism also OK


    just kidding
    who really cares .
    But yeah, if ranting againt US english, you had better start using the queens english correctly

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    Default Re: Fire Engine or Fire Truck?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Same -- Always called and known as Fire Engine.

    There's no reason for everything to change to how the Yanks say things.
    I quite agree. Why do we need to copy the Yanks? We have our own languague and colloquialisms. Unfortunately the uneducated among us don't know any better and copy the Yanks.
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    It’s a Fire Engine, “Flick” said so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    It’s a Fire Engine, “Flick” said so!
    Well then, Flick must be correct and he's been around for quite a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Well then, Flick must be correct and he's been around for quite a few years.
    He has a draw full of "Long Service" medals.

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    Default Re: Fire Engine or Fire Truck?

    Possibly because the pre schoolers all learn the "Fire Truck" song at Early Childhood centres. It is in the same vein as "The wheels on the bus go round round round"

    After 11 years of driving the little rugrats around, I know most of the littlies songs off by heart.

    Ken

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