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Think of it as a Victorian term for "truck driver". My question: Was there a practical difference between "carman" and "carter"? The feeling that I get is that those calling themselves "carters" usually had those hand-drawn carts, but those are often used by "hawkers" also.

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I think both "carter" and "carman" refer to drivers of horse-drawn cargo vehicles, though the latter seems more likely to refer to the large cans drawn by heavy horses.

In America, we don't know the term "carman." We would use "carter" or perhaps "teamster" (which survives today in the name of the union for truckers).

I think people who used hand-carts were called "barrow-men" (or "barrow-women) or perhaps "push-cart men" (or women).
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