tree lawns; was Re: Off and on

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 22 06:41:59 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 1:18 AM, Ben Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:

Hm. Apparently, every term except "beltway" is used in or around Saint
Louis. But then, I haven't actually *lived* in StL for over fifty
years. Things change.

And the overwhelming majority of respondents *don't* have a word for it.

FWIW, I learned "berm" as the military term for a dike- or levee-like
structure backstopping a rifle range.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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