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Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Today Nov 19th I was enjoying my favorite hobby of metal detecting on the curb side of the sidewalk in a historic neiborhood. Until someone snitched on me by calling the police complaining that I was digging on their lawn.
In places like Australia, New Zealand and parts of the British Islands, rural roads are sometimes separated from fields by both fences and wide grass verges. City and suburb dwellers will of course also be familiar with roadside strips of grass. In New Zealand and some parts of the United States, they are often called berms.
Ask your friends and neighbors what they call that space, and most of them will look at you in befuddlement. Go ahead, try it. We just mow it. Ten of the names we heard from our readers were mentioned by a single person each.
Forensic linguistics is a branch of investigation which is rarely touched upon in crime fiction but holds a fascinatingly deep reservoir of possibilities in terms of plot. In a recent edition of The New Yorker, there is an article written by Jack Hitt where he asks if linguistics can solve crimes. The answer is undoubtedly yes and there is an insightful case study involving one of the pioneers of modern-day linguistic forensics, Roger Shuy who has gone on record to state:.
A road verge is a strip of grass or plants, and sometimes also treeslocated between a roadway carriageway and a sidewalk pavement. The land is often public propertywith maintenance usually being a municipal responsibility. Some municipal authorities, however, require that abutting property owners maintain their respective verge areas, as well as the adjunct footpaths or sidewalks.
Who do we honor? These are some of the questions that local filmmaker Josh Gippin is asking in his newest project, a documentary adaptation of a book written about Schneider Park by experts in the anthropology department at The University of Akron. Sar Htoo has spent most of her life in the United States serving as a cultural broker for her parents.
As Bostonians know better than anyone, Americans have learned to cherish such regional differences in vocabulary. Some of this has come true; seesaw is crowding out teeter-totterand dandle boards are the dodo birds of the playground. But regional dialects have proven surprisingly resistant to the leveling influence of mass migration and big media.
One inconspicuous way is in the vocabulary of the Akronite. Given the proximity to Cleveland, Akronites sport the influence of the Great Lakes shipping lanes in addition to a mixture of Midwestern America and the inland Northeast. However, not all of the linguistic characteristics of Akron descended from the Cleveland area. InAkron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer attemptedunsuccessfully, to definitively discern the origins of the phrase.