Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 08:04:34 -0700 From: Allen Maberry Subject: Re: Another Lexical Item For me, a sidewalk is parallel to the street, the concrete strip from the sidewalk to the front porch is just "the walk". Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] On Thu, 5 Oct 1995, Natalie Maynor wrote: > 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] >