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An airliner is a passenger plane operated by an airline. At least, that’s what my dictionary tells me but, at least in my circles*, the word airliner rarely used these days? I don’ know about you, but I usually say plane or airplane rather than airliner. I seem to vaguely recall airliner being used in […]

air line

As was pointed out in the entry on the word airline, “airline” and “air line” are not synonyms. I talked about airline in the previous entry, so I won’t say anything more about it here. According to The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986), air line is chiefly a North American term. It is synonymous with […]


The word airline should not be confused with the term “air line,” which is the next entry in this project. An airline is a company that provides a unique service to people who are unbearably happy. In return for customers giving the airline a large portion of their paychecks, the airline treats customers like dirt […]