Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 11:58:33 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: "the" 101 I shouldn't presume to speak for Alan, but I believe the claim is not that 'the 101' would be used everywhere except northern California, but rather that it would be used nowhere except southern California, where its use derives from the earlier default labels using names ("the San(ta) X Freeway") rather than numbers, but now expanded productively to freeways/highways that never had any non-numerical names. Elsewhere (e.g. in the Bay Area, in Iowa, in New Hampshire), highways don't generally come with names (although some do--the Bayshore Freeway, the Spaulding Turnpike, the Garden State Turnpike, the [New York] Thruway,...), and so there's no productively applicable source for the "truncation". In that respect, the process is more motivated than the corresponding one we've been speaking about for S.F. neighborhoods, where the rule in question ("the X district"-->"the X", for X = Castro, Mission, Sunset, etc.) is arbitrarily confined to San Francisco. Larry