Otter Perry ottertee at
Tue Feb 3 20:52:39 EST 2004

On Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at 03:46 PM, HSchinske at wrote:

> Otter wrote:
> >The only thing that routinely turns up in books from Britain that I
> >have to double-think is 'pavement'.  I can usually remember to do
> >it, but, as everybody no doubt knows, in the USofA 'pavement' is
> >where the cars are supposed to be, and the 'sidewalk' is where
> >pedestrians are supposed to be.
> I've never heard anyone in the US use "pavement" at all unless they 
> were being Anglophilic. Maybe it's a local usage? I certainly would 
> never have known that anyone took it to imply being in the street. At 
> most I would have thought it meant any paved area whatsoever rather 
> than being limited to the sidewalk.
> On the other hand, I once nearly got killed because I misunderstood 
> "Steady on" to mean "Keep going" rather than "Stop."

Maybe it's a local usage.  I was brought up in CT, and my parents were
from CT and NJ.

I think I'd be confused by "Steady on", too.

- It doesn't make any difference what you do in the
   bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street
   and frighten the horses.

                                    -- Mrs. Patrick Campbell

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