Why was the name "TANK" chosen as the name of a tank?
The young, razor-sharp Daniel Silverstein probes mrlucky’s acumen with this query: Why was the name "Tank" chosen as a name for a tank?
Well, dang it, as an old "Man from U.N.C.L.E." fan, I really hoped that "tank" was an acronym. (sidenote: everybody knows what U.N.C.L.E. stood for, but did any of you gentle readers know that, according to novelist David McDaniel, THRUSH was an acronym as well? If anyone can e-mail me what THRUSH stood for, I’ll be encouraged to make up an appropriate prize; maybe I’ll scan my Mighty Marvel No-Prize and send it to you!)
Anyway, before I did any research, I tried to come up with an acronym for tank of my own. I got as far as Treaded, Armored… before I got bogged down. Oh, well, off to the Oxford Concise Dictionary, where we learn that tanks etymology flows from Indian origins back to, possibly, Sanskrit roots. These roots all have to do with tanks as large receptacles for liquids. No help in this quest.
I visited Michael Brunk’s HEAVY METAL: The Armor Enthusiasts Home Page, where I quickly learned the truth about the name. In addition to borrowing the image on this page, I quote directly from his pithy essay:
During World War I (1914-1918) the British developed and used the first armored track-laying vehicles. To maintain secrecy, the vehicles were shipped to the battle zone in crates marked "tanks", hence the origin of the name.
There you go, Dan. I know you already knew the answer, but I hope I passed muster.