Particular names for the ocean

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Dec 6 01:57:12 UTC 1999

On LI in the 40s and 50s it was always "the beach" or a specific one, e.g. "Pt.
Lookout" or "Jones Beach."

"A. Maberry" wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Dec 1999, susan wrote:
> > Is there something written about why it is East Coast folks call the ocean
> > "the water" or "the shore," Southerners call the ocean "the beach," and
> > West Coast (California, Oregon, and Wash. state)  folks call the ocean "the
> > ocean?" I have lived in all three places and this has always puzzled me.
> > Susan Gilbert
> > mssmith at
> When I was a kid in Portland, OR we always refered to it as "the beach"
> not "the ocean". I hear "the ocean" commonly here in Seattle, perhaps
> because, unlike Oregon, there are many beaches that aren't ocean beaches.

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