Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 08:08:17 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka 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" works for me, although I've been talking lately of making a "walk" with bricks from the porch to the gravel parking area. A "walkway" has to be above the ground for me. When I was a child, my suburban house in San Antonio had a concrete driveway (low sign, cf. Fussell) that led to a sidewalk parallel to the street. But we would have called the concrete strip that led from the neighbor's house to the sidewalk a sidewalk too. It never occurred to me before that a sidewalk was on the side of anything. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]