End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Dec 1994 to 16 Dec 1994 ************************************************ There are 7 messages totalling 154 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. More British automotive terms (2) 2. boot and bonnet 3. Word...of the year 4. Word management 5. /biyl/ (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 17 Dec 1994 09:06:34 -0600 From: Michael M T Henderson Subject: Re: More British automotive terms Apologies if (a) someone has already mentioned these or (b) everyone's tired of the subject; but this morning I thought of two delightful terms to share: Zebra crossing: a striped pedestrian crosswalk Sleeping policeman: a speed bump On another British subject, it turns out that just as they call all vacuum cleaners "Hoovers", even using the term as a verb, they call what we call "walkers" (frameworks used to support handicapped or frail people) "Zimmers". Zimmer is one of the major manufacturers of walkers, I find out. I've forgotten what they call Kleenex. _______________________________________ | \ | Michael M. T. Henderson . | | Linguistics Department \ | University of Kansas | | Lawrence, KS 66045-2140 | | Bitnet: mmth[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]falcon | | Internet: mmth[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]falcon.cc.ukans.edu | |________________________________________|