• Ryan's Mom: "Mono = one. Coque = grilled sandwich. A monocoque is a french term for one grilled sandwich, which many auto mechanics prefer to eat for lunch."
• Ali's Mom: "A place near France?"
• Jeremy's Mom: "I would say that it is...an island somewhere off of the Galapagos. It’s part of the Galapagos Island Chain."
• Wil's Mom: "Mono is single, so it’s a single engine car. Or first gear."
• Gavin's Mom: "Monocoque sounds like a high end Moroccan hotel."
• Joe's Mom: "A fancy French sports car."
Real Answer: A vehicle, in which the body shell carries all the structural strength without chassis rails.
12. Body Style
• Ryan's Mom: "The body style refers to two-door, four-door, convertible, etc. A mechanic should know all types of body styles before applying for a job as an auto mechanic."
• Ali's Mom: "The way a car looks."
• Jeremy's Mom: "If I was going to have to a car, what body style would I want? Box-y."
• Wil's Mom: "What the car looks like...like if it’s a square or not."
• Gavin's Mom: "The type of body the car wears and is designed for, as in a Volkswagen being a round style."
• Joe's Mom: "Body Style describes the type of car—for example, a sedan, a hatchback, an SUV, a truck."
Real Answer: Amazingly, this isn't in the dictionary. At least these are mostly in the general ballpark.
While the moms didn't exactly ace the test here, they at least knew the general concept of many of these parts. Well, most of them anyway. Sidenote: A monocoque dagmar sandwich sounds surprisingly delicious.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. He'd like to thank Keller Powell for helping him select words that weren't too gearhead-oriented. He's planning on using this dictionary to better communicate to the masses.