Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 06:05:48 -0400 From: Seth Sklarey 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 > > How about boardwalk and broadwalk?