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

understanding correctly?

Mark A. Mandel : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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