I was justed asked whether it's a british idiom to say something, for example a car is 'fully laden' as in American English 'loaded' would be used.
Does anyone here know about this issue?
Thanks & greets A. Payne
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I'm from the US (BosWash corridor) and I have never heard of a car referred to as "fully laden". However, laden or lade are used in the US in other contexts.
A cargo ship would be referred to as fully laden. The Free Dictionary says of lade:
to put a burden or load on or in; load: to lade a cargo ship.
to put as a load: to lade coal on a barge.
Loaded aboard a vessel.
Other uses of laden, as defined by Macmillan Dictionary
carrying something heavy, or supporting the weight of something heavy laden with: Passengers got off the train laden with boxes and suitcases.
heavily laden: trees heavily laden with fruit
A person can be described as "laden with grief", as HotLicks said in his comment.
In summary, laden is a very old word that is used in the US as a technical term in shipping and in a semi-poetic way, but not used for loaded cars.