bollards, bolsters, who cares?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 9 03:54:02 UTC 2007

FWIW, "traffic bollards" sounds all right to me. "Traffic bolsters"
sounds laughable. Perhaps it's mere slip of the keyboard.


On 5/8/07, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> NYT op-ed piece by Colum McCann, 5/8/07:
> My children might ask me about the complexities of SWAT teams on Wall
> Street, or why there are traffic bolsters around the synagogue on
> East 87th Street, or why...
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> the only relevant google hit on "traffic bolsters".
> "traffic bollards", on the other hand, gets over 20k.
> arnold
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