[Ads-l] "Jersey dike"; "speed-breaker"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 28 00:19:55 UTC 2014

When "Jersey barrier" was discussed here, back in the day, I stated that I
had seen this object referred to as a "Jersey dike" in NewsTIME, somewhen.
So far, I've found no evidence anywhere to support the implied claim that
"Jersey dike" is used with the meaning of "Jersey barrier" by anyone else
on the face of the earth, other than this writer.

When "speed-bump" was discussed here, likewise back in the day, I stated
that "speed-breaker" was the term used for them in St. Louis, when they
appeared there, in the early '50's. And, indeed, "speed-breaker" *is*
recognized as an alternative term for "speed-bump."


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