"carmageddon" -- word of the weekend?

Nancy Friedman nancyf at WORDWORKING.COM
Fri Jul 15 04:52:13 UTC 2011

L.A.'s "north side" is the San Fernando Valley. The "south side" is South
Central. It's "East L.A.," not "the east side." And the Westside is always
one word (_pace_ the New York Times).

Angelenos always use "the" in front of freeway numbers; the rest of the
state doesn't. Yes, it's technically I-405, but no one in L.A. acknowledges
the interstate. It's always "the 405," "the 110," etc.

More on Carmageddon and L.A. shibboleths: http://bit.ly/pmC5Cg



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-----Original Message-----
From: Joel S. Berson [mailto:Berson at ATT.NET]
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:52 AM
Subject: Re: "carmageddon" -- word of the weekend?

At 7/13/2011 08:02 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>On Jul 13, 2011, at 7:36 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> > Closure of I405 in Los Angeles from Friday night July 15 through 5:00
> > a.m. Monday July 18.
>Make that "the 405", as correctly conveyed an hour ago on ABC's World News

Isn't it "also" Interstate 405?  It is so labelled on
(and I'm not familiar with West Coast dialect).

>(which included the info that Jet Blue had offered flights from one
>side of LA to the other for, I believe, $4--all immediately sold out of

Does that mean that LA has a North Side and a South Side?  Do they
have rumbles on Nov. 5?  This year will they burn effigies of Arnold
having a letter A on his outermost garment in a contrary color?


> >
> > (I see there earlier was a "graphically violent
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicular_combat_game>vehicular combat
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game>video games produced by
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stainless_Games>Stainless Games,
> > published by
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplay_Entertainment>Interplay and
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_Enix_Europe>SCi. It was inspired
> > by the 1975 cult classic movie
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Race_2000>Death Race
> 2000."  Wikipedia.)
> >
> > Joel
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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