Date: Thu, 10 Nov 1994 13:22:15 -0800 From: Dan Alford 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> <-- John Lennon>