truck / truck farm
A truck farm has nothing to do with motorized cargo vehicles. The truck in truck farm comes from the noun meaning trade or barter, a word borrowed from the Anglo-Norman truke in the 14th century. From Richard Hakluyt’s 1553 The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoueries of the English Nation (published in 1598):
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No commutation or trucke to be made by any of the petie marchants, without the assent abouesaid.
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