What do I call a place where paper is unloaded by workers from trucks, in two words or less? Is there is a simple formula for making such nouns?
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Loading bay, loading dock, loading zone and loading platform are all names for the place where goods are loaded and unloaded. In all cases you can use unloading instead of loading, which will give some the impression that the place is only used for unloading, whereas loading won't necessarily give this impression (this is because loading is the unmarked term here).
Loading bay can be shortened to bay without issue. Loading dock can be shortened to dock, but to the best of my knowledge that can only refer to such structures used for loading and unloading from ships. Loading zone and loading platform can't be shortened without losing this specific meaning.
Now, if you really want a two-letter word specifically for paper, perhaps paper bay or paper platform is the best option, but I'd definitely use the full term before using the shorter form.