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USAGE: subway

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 8, 2003, 9:36
On Mon, 7 Apr 2003, Pavel Iosad wrote:

> Also the name of a subway station ;-) though it's not exactly *sub*way > right there ;-)
What, then, is the difference between a subway in the train sense and a suburban train? I've always understood the American sense of 'subway'* just to refer to an undeground train system (our underground system is called the loop, generally, as it completes the city loop. It's only three stations). * Here, 'subway' generally refers to a *pedestrian* crossing beneath the train tracks. (There are exceptions, of course, found in fixed phrases, like the Degraves St Subway, which goes from Flinders St Station to the other side of Flinders St and continues a bit under Degraves St. It's essentially an underground arcade in the sense of a bunch of shops with a pedestrian walkway (a bit like a mall in the sense of a road closed off, except it's covered, never was a road, and so generally smaller. No, that does not make it like a mall in the American sense, or maybe it is, but not the normal sense).) Having tried to explain that, and knowing it's probably going to be horribly mashed, I'm going to say I'm horribly disappointed in you Americans, can't you speak normally like the rest of us? (Read that knowing full well that the Author knows there's 19.5 million people who speak the way he does and at least 260 million who speak the way Americans do.) -- Tristan <kesuari@...> War doesn't prove who's right, just who's left. - fortune.


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