Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: Freeway names
birrell walsh says that "in the hospital" is giving way to "in
hospital". this is news to me--is it particularly californian?
but i don't think that the "the" before hospital, school, etc. is
related to the "the" before route numbers, since in south africa (and
i'm presuming england) where they use "in hospital" they also use
the "the" before route numbers, as in "take the M1 to the M2".
saw a local production of _angels in america_ here and was stunned
by the skill that the actors had in producing american accents. but
the illusion was shattered everytime they said "in hospital"
(undoubtedly not in the original script) and when they erroneously
put flaps in "utah".
M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za
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University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030
Johannesburg 2050 South Africa
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