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Old October 14 2012, 10:58 PM   #76
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Re: The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Discussion

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why does Howard work at a university?
The Caltech is reasonable near his mother's house.


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Old October 15 2012, 06:32 AM   #77
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"The Caltech"? Why the "The"? Caltech is just called "Caltech." Now, if you were calling it its full name, then you'd have "The California Institute of Technology."
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Old October 15 2012, 08:54 AM   #78
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^I bet he takes The Interstate 210 to get there.
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Old October 15 2012, 05:39 PM   #79
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Yeah.

Although we did call it "the 210" as in "head east on the 210, then south on the 605." Or "the Foothill Freeway," because "take Foothill east..." could be interpreted as taking Foothill Blvd east. But it would be "take PCH" or "take Angeles Crest."

Anybody from the LA area say that differently?
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Old October 15 2012, 06:21 PM   #80
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That reminds me of that stupid sketch on Saturday Night Live, "The Californians". A fake soap opera about people from LA and the surfer accent, always giving driving directions.

And yes, that's how I'd give those directions too... "Take the 405 from LAX up to the 10, then take the PCH to Malibu."

I was thinking about this the other day: Everyone refers to Los Angeles Int'l Airport as LAX. I can't think of another airport in the United States that is commonly referred to by its airport code. The name "LAX" is even prominently featured with block letters outside the airport.
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Old October 15 2012, 06:25 PM   #81
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"the PCH"? I guess that "the" is kinda optional.

One thing I noticed in Fresno: In LA, we consider north as "up"--as you did "up to the 10," so one would say "I'm heading up to Fresno." But in Fresno, they say "heading up to LA" and "over to San Francisco." Makes no sense to me. Both are west of Fresno, so both could be "over," but if one is "up" shouldn't the other be "down"? And for pete's sake, LA would be "down" and Frisco "up" from Fresno.
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Old October 15 2012, 06:34 PM   #82
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Yeah, I say "the PCH".

Probably just a colloquialism... because it should be "down to LA" and "up to San Fran". But yeah, I tend to use "up" and "down" to mean North and South, and "over" to mean East/West.

PROTIP: Lake Tahoe is actually West of Los Angeles! Crazy.
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Old October 15 2012, 09:34 PM   #83
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I'm a little undecided on the "Foothill Freeway" example, but the ambiguity seems to hinge more on dropping the "freeway/blvd" portions than the definite article.

But for Interstates, having a "the" seems a bit silly and it doesn't resolve any ambiguity that I can tell. I wouldn't say "Go north on the 15." I have multiple problems with that. There's the already discussed point of it being "Interstate 15" and not "The Interstate 15," of course. But, I'm not digging the "go north" part either. That is, Interstates are labeled with directions already. So I would say "take 15 North." "North" being part of the proper noun. I-15N spends a lot of time going northeast, and I imagine occasionally turns southward briefly as topography demands.

If you're going to Vegas from San Diego, you're taking I-15N to Las Vegas. Or you could say you're going northeast on I-15. Or northeast on I-15N for extra clarity.

As for up/down. I guess I generally think of it as north and south, but I don't think I take it as a direction. If someone said "go down I-15N" for example, it wouldn't bother me. I never say 'go over to' because that's going crazy overboard with the syllables. Sometimes up/down is used to refer to actual elevation changes. I know it was like that when I lived on Lake Superior. Up was away from the lake. Down was toward the lake. I guess to some extent it's like that here. People say "I'm going down to the beach," and not "over to the beach" even though it's straight to the west.
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Old October 16 2012, 03:27 AM   #84
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That reminds me of that stupid sketch on Saturday Night Live, "The Californians". A fake soap opera about people from LA and the surfer accent, always giving driving directions.

And yes, that's how I'd give those directions too... "Take the 405 from LAX up to the 10, then take the PCH to Malibu."

I was thinking about this the other day: Everyone refers to Los Angeles Int'l Airport as LAX. I can't think of another airport in the United States that is commonly referred to by its airport code. The name "LAX" is even prominently featured with block letters outside the airport.

People sometimes say DCA when talking about the national airport back in DC.

And there's BWI (Baltimore-Washington International).
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Old October 16 2012, 04:14 AM   #85
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Old October 16 2012, 07:08 AM   #86
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Old October 16 2012, 07:20 AM   #87
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JFK is probably the best counter-example, but then again JFK is an acronym for it's namesake. DCA and BWI are borderline, much in the same way ATL and STL are. I don't typically hear those in common parlance among frequent travelers, instead hearing "Reagan" or "DC", and "Baltimore" or "Marshall".
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Old October 16 2012, 07:46 AM   #88
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^Might be true for DCA, but I've heard people say BWI well outside the DC and Baltimore areas
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Old October 16 2012, 05:40 PM   #89
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Fresno's airport? They tried changing the name to Fresno-Yosemite International (FYI), but most things still call it Fresno Air Terminal (FAT). Hell, half the people here don't even know where the airport is! Not sure how they miss it, it's shared with the Air National Guard, so tandem fighter jets scream out of it on a regular basis.
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Old October 16 2012, 08:59 PM   #90
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I was thinking about this the other day: Everyone refers to Los Angeles Int'l Airport as LAX. I can't think of another airport in the United States that is commonly referred to by its airport code. The name "LAX" is even prominently featured with block letters outside the airport.
JFK in NYC.

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