Logistics Glossary Vs. Urban Dictionary – Useful to Funny Definitions
Let’s face it, international shipping can be a little boring from time to time. And there certainly are many terms unique to the industry. However, the words and acronyms themselves are not all that unique. Many exist with different meanings outside of the shipping industry.
If you’re ever using international shipping jargon with a colleague and a passerby gives you a funny look, perhaps the following comparisons will help you know why.
So back by popular demand, and without any further ado, here is the fourth installment of International Shipping Definitions vs. Urban Dictionary Definitions:
A document providing a binding contract between a shipper and a carrier for the transportation of freight, specifying the obligations of both parties. Serves as a receipt of freight by the carrier for the shipper. Usually designates the consignee, and the FOB point.
Tired of the overuse of LOL? Feeling like it means nothing anymore when you really DID just Bust Out Laughing because people end every freaking sentence with LOL? Use BOL. Busted Out Laughing. It’s LOL, ROFL, LMAO, and OMG rolled into one.When my friend said this to me, “I had this bizarre dream about you and me and Alan Rickman and Tom Brokaw. In the middle of the dream me and the boys went to see you perform at the Stone Pony and you did some extremely odd things, and then you sang your own lyrics to ‘They Don’t Know About Us,’ by Tracey Ullman but then Elizabeth Edwards cam out on stage and made you stop because it needed to be censored,” I BOL’d.
Since the Logistics Glossary definition of the last acronym included this acronym in it, I figured we might as well look at FOB next. Here’s what the Logistics Glossary has to say about FOB:
FOB (Free-on-Board) Point
Point at which ownership of freight changes hands from shipper to consignee. FOB origin indicates that consignee owns the goods in transit; FOB-destination indicates that shipper owns goods in transit. Owner of goods in transit is liable for loss and damage to freight, and thus should provide insurance.
The definition to be found in the Urban Dictionary is, of course, very different; however, it does have something to do with a ship:
F.O.BIs an acronym for “Fresh Off the Boat”, and refers to new immigrants to a country (mostly Western). A phrase first coined in New Zealand in the early 90’s by Polynesians to differentiate new arrivals (immigrants) from the old country (Tonga, Samoa, etc) from those with a Western upbringing. Now commonly used to describe any person new to a country, who is not well versed with its language or culture (mainly Western). Can be taken as an insult, or a term of endearment (eg; pride of culture).“That Sione is such a F.O.B. He doesn’t speak good English, & last week he walked through the drive-thru at Macca’s (Mac Donalds) …”
As a side note, this particular definition of FOB has become wider spread in the last few years with the popular ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Odds are if you’re using the term FOB, the average person will think you mean fresh off the boat rather than free-on-board.
A transportation system design in which large hub terminals are used for freight consolidation. Medium-volume services serve the spoke-to-hub collection and hub-to-spoke distribution tasks. Large-volume services are operated in the hub-top-hub markets. In most systems, all outbound/inbound freight for a spoke uses the same hub, and thus larger shipment sizes are realized. Many transportation systems are oriented in this way.Examples: Delta airlines, FedEx, LTL, and now ocean shipping. Not TL, however.
Hub and Spoke
To restore to a good or sound condition, mend, restore or renew, making good, remedy, etc…Boss: Did you get to that Smith job yet?
Worker: Yep, all fixed. It’s hub and spoke.
In international shipping, the Logistics Glossary says dead-head is:
A portion of a transportation trip in which no freight is conveyed; an empty move. Transportation equipment is often dead-headed because of imbalances in supply and demand. For example, many more containers are shipped from Asia to North America than in reverse; empty containers are therefore dead-headed back to Asia.
Like with the previous term, the Urban Dictionary sees no reason to hyphenate. In contrast to the previous Urban Dictionary term, and all of Urban Dictionary’s definitions so far in this installment, I actually knew this term’s “urban” definition.
DeadheadA hardcore fan of the Grateful Dead. The complete opposite of a Parrothead.Julio: Dude, that bro is trippy.
Beckworth: Hahaha, bro, that is just a Deadhead.
A Parrothead is a fan of Jimmy Buffett (there is no other meaning). The typical parrothead is pictured to wear a Hawaiian shirt, flip-flops, and other tropical attire, and to enjoy drinking margaritas on the beach. Parrotheads often decorate their homes in tropical motifs. In general the life of a parrothead is one of relaxation and being on a permanent mental vacation even while at work.
Transportation that uses a specialized container that can be transferred from the vehicle of one mode to the vehicle of another; a single freight bill is used for the shipment.Example: Ocean shipping containers which can be hauled by trucks on chassis, railcars, ocean vessels, and barges. Also: UPS line-haul vans (these vans can be stacked onto railcars for long distance moves).
IntermodalA term in underground traveling subcultures of Freight train hopping, Hitchhiking, Squatting, Gypsies, Hobos, Migrants, and Punks. Used to describe one’s ability to travel using any & all available modes of travel for free or dirt cheap. Trains (freight, passenger & public transit), Hitchhiking, Rideshare, Planes, Mopeds, Motorcycles, Bicycles, Horses, Goats & Boats & maybe even walking for a spell if it is the only available option. Derived from an actual term in the freight shipping industry meaning to move freight using Rail, Ships & Trucks.The Bulls chased us out of the Stockton yard so we had to go intermodal for awhile. We got picked up on the 5 by some hippees who drove us as far as LA where we hung out at a squat & lined up a rideshare to Tucson.
Intermodal ocean containers are moved on the road by attaching them to a separate piece of equipment, a chassis, which is essentially a set of wheels on a lightweight frame.
1. Noun: The female backside. Rumpshaker. Booty. Moneymaker. Ass. Heinie. Rear-end.
2. Noun: A superior hindquarters, usually on a well-proportioned female.“Check out the chassis on that brunette hottie by the jacuzzi.”
Chassis, usable in any situation. There is no badtime to say “chassis”“whats up”
Let’s end with the most random Urban Dictionary definition to a common international shipping term I’ve ever seen.
It seems like the whole international shipping industry revolves around containers. I almost don’t want to waste time by putting the Logistics Glossary definition here. Almost.
A single, rigid, sealed, reusable metal box in which merchandise is shipped by vessel, truck, or rail. Container types include standard, high cube, hardtop, open top, flat, platform, ventilated, insulated, refrigerated, or bulk. Usually 8 ft x 8 ft in width and height, 20 to 55 ft long. Specialized containers also exist for air transportation modes, but are much smaller and cannot be directly transferred to truck or rail.
container1. people who where jeans with flip flopsbob: haha.. look at what that hippie’s wearing, rainbow flip flops and jeans
billy: ugh, what a container.