Atlas Van Lines Publishes "Words on the Move," a Handy Glossary of Relocation Terms

June 25, 1998

EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) -- If your mover says you need a "reefer" and tells you he'll provide "door-to-door service," don't worry. He's not trying to sell you drugs, only trying to manage your move in the most efficient way possible.

Translated, "reefer" is slang for a refrigerated truck, and "door-to-door service" means service from the origin residence to the destination residence, without any storage along the way, customs duties, taxes, or warehouse handling.

If movers' lingo is all Greek to you, be sure to read "Words on the Move," the just-published reference guide of relocation terms from Atlas Van Lines. It defines more than 1,000 relocation, real estate, banking, insurance, and transportation words and phrases. Also included are definitions of Atlas subsidiaries, programs, and services, including The Atlas Interchange, the company's official home page at, which contains tips and information on every aspect of moving.

"Unless you're associated with the industry, relocation can often involve many unfamiliar words," said Steve Mumma, senior vice president of marketing and public relations for Atlas Van Lines. "This guide is a handy resource for consumers and will clarify some of the more bewildering terminology to help make relocations as stress-free as possible."

"Words on the Move" is available through Atlas Van Lines agents or by contacting the Atlas Van Lines public relations department at (812) 421-7183.

With world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, Atlas Van Lines is a major transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada, and over 800 worldwide.