I’m here to interrupt your regularly scheduled Facebook drama to involve you in an ongoing debate between me and my husband and this innate object –
You see, this controversy began on our second official date when Ryan brought me to his hometown in Oklahoma, and we ventured out to the local Walmart where he asked me to “grab a basket,” and I actually grabbed a basket, you know the smaller receptacles used if you only need to get a few items instead of the bigger receptacles (called carts) used if you have lots of items to purchase. That was my first experience with a cart being referred to as a basket. While we lived in Michigan, our debate was limited to these two terms (cart or basket), and then we moved to Tennessee where I called the object a cart and was looked at like I had lost my mind, and Ryan called it a basket and he was looked at the same way and that is because apparently folks out here refer to them as buggies.
The cart/basket/buggy issue needs some resolution once and for all so let’s visit dictionary.com to help us out.
1. a heavy two-wheeled vehicle, commonly without springs, drawn by mules, oxen, or the like, used for the conveyance of heavy goods.
2. a light two-wheeled vehicle with springs, drawn by a horse or pony.
3. any small vehicle pushed or pulled by hand.
4. Obsolete. a chariot.
Interesting… number 3 seems to fit the description of the above object perfectly.
1. a container made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible material woven together.
2. a container made of pieces of thin veneer, used for packing berries, vegetables, etc.
3. the amount contained in a basket; a basketful:
4. anything like a basket in shape or use:
5. any group of things or different things grouped as a unit; a package; package deal:
6. the car or gondola suspended beneath a balloon, as for carrying passengers or scientific instruments into the atmosphere.
I suppose an argument could be made for number four, but I think we’re pushing it a bit there.
1. a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring.
2. (in India) a light, two-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
3. baby carriage.
4. Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.
5. a small wagon or truck for transporting heavy materials, as coal in a mine or freshly mixed concrete at a construction site, for short distances.
6. Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.
7. any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps
There you have it. Feel free to draw your own conclusion. Thank you and you’re welcome.
Now we can all get on with stressing over the bigger issues of life.
Just keep livin!