Date: Thu, 10 Nov 1994 13:22:15 -0800
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Freeway names
Being new, I know not whether you have discussed the major NoCAL vs SoCAL
dialectal distinction I've noticed -- re: how freeways are referred to.
In Southern California it's always: you take *the* 101 to *the* 405...,
whereas in Northern California you take 101 to 680. Since I was raised in
LA but am now firmly in the SF area, and now firmly 101 to 680 and only
dimly remember the *the* dialect that I grew up with as the LA freeways
changed a somewhat sleepy local eventually into a megalopolis (as the old
city trains became a distant memory and pennies put on rusting tracks
got flattened no more) -- I'm intrigued: why didn't the *the* spread
with the corresponding word and item to just 350 miles north? Is this
part of some larger *DET-ARTICLE DROP* Bay Areal feature?
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"
-- John Lennon