[Ads-l] "antedate" for _pothole_

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 7 14:38:49 UTC 2014


You mean all those potholes in NYC streets are unnaturally made??

I believe the process by which water creates holes in rock is very similar
to the process by which potholes form in paved roads.
On Nov 6, 2014 11:54 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
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> > I am not questioning the anachronism in "Pemberley", but the implication
> > that somehow a 'pot hole' can be a naturally occurring hole generally,
> but
> > not in a road, at least not before 1889.
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> Were roads before 1889 generally paved as they are, today? Pot holes as
> they occur in the paved streets of today don't naturally occur in dirt
> roads and gravel roads.
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