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    This train..

    'This train will now terminate here.' This was the announcement given on a London Underground train I was travelling on. The train was supposed to go beyond the place where it stopped....

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    Wouldn't it have been better to say stop rather than terminate?

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    They use 'terminate' for the end of the journey and 'stop' for pauses at stations along the way.

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    I guess terminate in that sense comes from terminal (train station). I don't think the word is used that way in AE.

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    We use or used 'terminus' for bus station.

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