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] "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 concrete. 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. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA