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Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

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While the term AVENUE is widely in use in BOTH the UK and the USA, the French term Boulevard is heavily in use in the USA but not in the UK. And normal roads in the USA are called STREETS but in the UK generally rather ROADS ------ all proves the famous Statement that what divides Britain and the USA is the common language
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

Jeez I am turning into my old man...


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Old 02.04.2015, 08:13
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

I lived on a lane, called cul-de-sac . . . what`s all that about then?
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Old 02.04.2015, 08:20
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Street --- Road --- Boulevard


While the term AVENUE is widely in use in BOTH the UK and the USA, the French term Boulevard is heavily in use in the USA but not in the UK. And normal roads in the USA are called STREETS but in the UK generally rather ROADS ------ all proves the famous Statement that what divides Britain and the USA is the common language
Re "street" use it the UK, not really. The road is the bit where the car drive - the tarmac). Streets incorporate everything around the road - road, pavement and houses/shops.

So every street will usually have a road, while not all roads will be a street - with several exceptions. Hence most towns have a High Street.

Sometimes Wolli, i do wonder...
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

This is going to be ' A long and winding road' thread.
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Re "street" use it the UK, not really.
Oxford Street?
Carnaby Street?
Coronation Street
Quality Street!!!!!
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

It must be Friday already.
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Old 02.04.2015, 08:50
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

I once knew a policeman who lived on Lettsby Avenue.


Come on Wolli, lets bring this closer to home, as you've posted in Daily Life - what about street names in Romandie ..... Route de -, Rue de -, Chemin de -?
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Old 02.04.2015, 08:52
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Re: Street --- Road --- Boulevard --- Avenue

I remember as a child that we (British) has Motoways and then, in descending order of classification, A B C and D roads.

I don't remember seeing C and D classifications any more. Have I become old and senile?

@Wolli: There is a huge difference in telling a child to "go and play in the street" and "go and play in the road"!
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Old 02.04.2015, 08:58
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I remember as a child that we (British) has Motoways and then, in descending order of classification, A B C and D roads.

I don't remember seeing C and D classifications any more. Have I become old and senile?
On OS and large scale road maps, Motorways were blue, A-roads red, B-roads brown, C-roads green and D-roads white (just two black lines) or a single black line on smaller scale maps.

Yep, life was much more colourful when we were young.
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And in a similar vein, 'pavement' is the bit at the side of the road that is paved, usually with paving slabs . There's a clue in the name.

Some of these differences are historical, for example the use of 'sidewalk' by our colonial cousins, because they weren't actually paved in many new towns. On which note there's also the different usages of 'town', 'City'and 'village'

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I remember as a child that we (British) has Motoways and then, in descending order of classification, A B C and D roads.

I don't remember seeing C and D classifications any more. Have I become old and senile?
Well obviously. But in this case it's been several decades since c and d roads were abolished, and quite a long time since the b roads disappeared as. Nowadays is the number of digits that gives you a clue, but even that's been reduced, so they only use up to 3 and that doesn't always match the relative importance of the road.
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And in a similar vein, 'pavement' is the bit at the side of the road that is paved, usually with paving slabs . There's a clue in the name.

Some of these differences are historical, for example the use of 'sidewalk' by our colonial cousins, because they weren't actually paved in many new towns. On which note there's also the different usages of 'town', 'City'and 'village'
What about hamlet?

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@Wolli: There is a huge difference in telling a child to "go and play in the street" and "go and play in the road"!

Not in the US! Although we do call animal casualties "roadkill" not "streetkill"
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Old 02.04.2015, 09:11
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What about hamlet?

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Fixed that for you.

C (and D and U) roads still exist in the UK. They're just not usually signposted anymore. http://www.cbrd.co.uk/c-roads/
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Old 02.04.2015, 09:22
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. . Well obviously. But in this case it's been several decades since c and d roads were abolished, and quite a long time since the b roads disappeared as..
I`m not sure that B roads disappeared - they are still signposted and marked on current maps, as far as I am aware.
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what divides Britain and the USA is the common language
And the fact that about only 20% of Americans descend from English-speaking ancestry.
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I once knew a policeman who lived on Lettsby Avenue.


Come on Wolli, lets bring this closer to home, as you've posted in Daily Life - what about street names in Romandie ..... Route de -, Rue de -, Chemin de -?

BleicherWEG is a Major road in Zürich and the RennWEG is the oldest road of all here
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BleicherWEG is a Major road in Zürich and the RennWEG is the oldest road of all here
The suspense is unbearable, come on Wolli how old is the Rennweg?
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I once knew a policeman who lived on Lettsby Avenue.


Come on Wolli, lets bring this closer to home, as you've posted in Daily Life - what about street names in Romandie ..... Route de -, Rue de -, Chemin de -?
Case in point; Fribourg has a Route des Alpes and a Rue des Alpes that run just about parallel to one another.
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