The World According To Damien
in a World gone mad – one sane voice emerges…

Damien on… “People Carriers”

So what dickhead came up with THAT? People carriers. Why not call a cup a drinks carrier? Or how about calling your wallet your money carrier?

I mean, ANY vehicle that carries more than one person is by simple DEFINITION a people carrier. A bus. A coach. A car. A motorbike with a pillion seat. Even a frickin’ TANDAM is a people carrier.

Of course what we understand from the term is what, in my day, used to be called a MINIBUS – a van with seats and windows.

And any bloke forced to buy one just to cart his immediate family around was considered to be a man with no control over his trousers.

A basic three-box CAR could carry a man, his wife and up to three children. Only a Catholic needed more.

But now we see all these damn “people carriers”. Who ARE these people with so little control – they need a frickin’ MINIBUS to transport the results of their libido?


4 Responses to “Damien on… “People Carriers””

  1. It is indeed weird the way names change. But it cannot be totally a device of marketing. In my boyhood, I used to like shooting brakes. Then I caught on to the American name of station wagon. Next, every family car had a Countryman version. When many models became fastbacks, the need to carry shopping, or take the duff stuff to the tip, aka dump, or just go on a trip, seemed to be fixed. Now, I guess, the people carrier name is to distinguish the specialist vehicle from a freight, aka goods, carrier. It has all seats and zero space for cargo.

  2. Yes, but I still SCOFF at that pretentious NAME. I mean – it’s a damn MINI-BUS!

    But thank you for your wander down memory lane… I haven’t heard the term “shooting brake” since I was a BOY! I’m STILL not sure what it literally MEANS. Or its American counterpart, the station wagon. “Countryman” was nice, though. Remember the Mini version?

    But I recall the colloquialisms for them – in America, the “woody” (bluntly descriptive, at least). And in Australia – my personal favourite – the HALF-TIMBERED CAR!!!

    For those outside the UK, it was a reference to half-timbered HOUSES. If memory serves, originally a Dickensian style where the lower floor was brick-built, with the upper floor constructed from (externally visible) timber beams, filled in with wattle-and-daub (plaster and lafts). The style made a comeback, during the Art Deco era (probably as a reaction against Moderne).

  3. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him. So I should thank you for the free lunch I got.

    People Carriers

  4. Hmm. This looks suspiciously like SPAM! But I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and “approve” it. At least the writer is selling Japanese “People Carriers” – not some dubious sexual product…

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