Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 13:42:36 CST
From: Ellen Johnson Ellen.Johnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INETGW.WKU.EDU
Subject: Re: flush with
Yes, Mark, there was a curb. Sorry for my imprecise usage.
Too bad, Lynne (that you were aware of such things but had no
name for them). So much for that part of my hypotheses on ling.
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Subject: flush with
Author: American Dialect Society ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU at INETGW
Date: 10/29/96 10:19 AM
Ellen Johnson Ellen.Johnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INETGW.WKU.EDU 10/29/96, 09:47am
I have no word for the strip of grass beside the sidewalk. There
weren't many sidewalks in the suburbs of Atlanta where I grew up in
the 60s and 70s, and those that did exist were flush with the street.
To me, "flush" in this domain means "directly adjoining and at the
same level": "The sign must be flush with the wall, so we have to
carve out a recess to set it in." But this usage seems to mean just
"directly adjoining"; if the sidewalk and the street were also at the
same level, there would be no curb, which seems dangerous. Am I
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