I am trying to use truck as a verb. Is this acceptable?

I will truck no such thought.

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    What did your dictionary tell you? – Dan Bron Jan 20 '18 at 20:20
  • looked at 3 diff dictionaries. only mention i saw was: truck used in dealing with people: 'I'll have no truck with him.' – lbf Jan 20 '18 at 20:26
  • And what was the definition given for the truck in that example? And was the entry marked as a verb? And did you look in all your 3 dictionaries for truck-entries marked as verbs? Don’t take me the wrong way, I am not trying to be a jerk to you, but I am trying to get you to read your dictionaries more closely, with more attention, because I know for a fact the answer you want is in there. – Dan Bron Jan 20 '18 at 20:30
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    'I will have no truck with unresearched questions' still uses 'truck' as a noun. – Nigel J Jan 20 '18 at 21:45
  • Apparently, "The Doo-dah man" does it all the time... – Oldbag Jan 21 '18 at 2:20

Don’t confuse truck no with brook no

I don’t know why you are trying to use truck as a verb, but no, that’s probably not going to be widely understood. It looks like you are using truck when you meant to say brook:

  • I will brook no such thought.

Where here brook is an old verb that the OED says this about:

To put up with, bear with, endure, tolerate [a fig. sense of ‘to stomach’ in 2]. Now only in negative or preclusive constructions.

In contrast, there’s an old meaning of truck that as a noun means “dealings” and as a verb means “to have dealings with”, and which like brook is also now mainly used in negative contexts.

For the noun truck the OED provides this now somewhat rarefied sense:

‘Traffic’, intercourse, communication, dealings. Now usually in negative contexts: to have no truck with (a person or thing), etc.

For the verb truck with a related meaning to that of the noun just given, they give this sense:

intr. fig. or in fig. context: To bargain or deal for a commodity, with a person; to negotiate; also to have dealings in, to trade; esp. of dealings of an underhand or improper character: to traffic.

The most recent citation for that sense of the verb is:

1904 Daily News 7 Dec. 11 — Private communities have no business to ‘truck with’ the State.

Which I note is again in a negative context.

The most common sense of the verb truck in present-day English is the one involving trucks or trucking (lorries). One OED citation is:

1982 L. Kallen Introd. C. B. Greenfield iv. 47 — The produce, trucked in daily from their own upstate farm, was fresh.

There’s also the kind of truck verb that appears in the slang phrase “to keep on trucking”, but that’s not what you mean here.

  • I knew 'truck no' was wrong but there was a wisp of a shadow left on my mind regarding something - something - else. 'Brook' was what I could not remember. – Nigel J Jan 21 '18 at 2:21

According to Wikipedia, "Keep on truckin" is a song created by Eddie Kendricks in 1973. While not the most credible, I will use wiki to show how "truckin'" is properly used. The lyrics go: In old Temptations' rain, I'm duckin' For your love through sleet or snow, I'm truckin'. This sort of makes sense as you have to drive through the weather in a truck. Which gives rise to the expressions of "I have to keep on truckin" like if you are having a hard day which is kind of like slang. I don't think it works in your sentence. Why not use a more common word like "have" as in: "I will have no such thoughts". That sounds much better.

  • my research has improved: it can be a verb: (transitive, slang) To fight or otherwise physically engage with. quotations ▲ 1993, Sue Grafton, "J" Is for Judgment Both deputies were big, made of dense flesh and tough experience. . . . I wouldn't have wanted to truck with either one of them. – lbf Feb 19 '18 at 20:55
  • I wouldn't have wanted to truck with either one of them ... sounds perfect. – lbf May 6 '18 at 15:40

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