ain't no Houellebecq girl (yiskah) wrote in linguaphiles,
ain't no Houellebecq girl

Word for 'goods carrier' in English

Hi linguaphiles,

I'm a native English speaker and I do occasional freelance proofreading for academics. A regular client (Italian but working on Brazil) has just asked me whether there's a word in English for the unskilled labour of carrying heavy goods (he's writing about  dockworkers, but it doesn't necessarily have to apply only to that context). His suggestion was 'carrier', but I don't think that really works in English, though 'goods carrier' might. I also thought of 'porter', but that doesn't necessarily imply heavy lifting.

Any ideas? I feel like I might be blanking on something really obvious...


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