Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 05:40:07 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: Another Lexical Item
Do any of you have any idea how common it is to use the word "sidewalk"
to refer to the strip of concrete that runs from the street to the front
door of a house? I had always assumed it was the standard term, but a
a recent discussion on Words-L got confusing for a few minutes because
I was using "sidewalk" to mean the sidewalk that comes to my door, while
other people thought that a "sidewalk" had to be parallel to the street.
When I asked what they called the strip of concrete that comes to the
front door, they said "walkway." I've never heard anybody say "walkway"
for what I call a "sidewalk." (I also use "sidewalk" for one that runs
parallel to the street, of course.)
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
"sidewalk" is another thing that i didn't realize was an americanism
til i moved here. the brit/sa english is "pavement"--which i have a
hard time with, b/c they're often brick and, to me, a pavement is
if i said "it's on the sidewalk" i'd mean the parallel one--if i
meant the one coming up to the door, i'd be more specific "it's on
the sidewalk to the house" or some such thing. i might use "walk"
or something for the one coming to the house.