Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 10:51:59 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: offload
On Wed, 11 Sep 1996, M. Lynne Murphy wrote:
On this morning's traffic report, the speaker warned motorists of an overturned tractor trailer on the east bound lane of the Schuykill Expressway (leading
to Philadelphia). The cargo was a load of beer, and the road would be
closed until the beer could be "offloaded." The term offload (off-load)?
was repeated several times by others on the radio and on TV, leading me to
assume the term was used in the original report.
Has anyone heard this term before?
i know this more in terms of "get rid of" rather than "unload". as
in "we offloaded our backstock of souvenir ashtrays onto some
Funny! My perception is just the opposite. I know I have heard "offload"
quite a bit, without remarking on it as new, though I suppose it is. The
meaning was always the same as "unload" in its literal sense. (Sorry, I
can't supply any specific citations.) But I have known "unload" in the
meaning "palm off on someone who out of politeness or naivete will be
unable to resist" for a long time.