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    median strip



    What is between the right and left roads? A median strip?

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    Re: median strip

    There's often a barrier (so that you can just say 'the barrier' or 'the fence' or 'the bollards'... or whatever it is. If there's just a space it's called 'the central reservation'. I've not met 'median strip' (though many native speakers would know what you meant by it).

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    Re: median strip

    The word "strip" in "median strip" is redundant (not needed; saying the same thing twice). Just "median" works to refer to the small line of "non-road" between two different lanes of road.

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.


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    Re: median strip

    Ya just median is good... That's what I would say... I'm also a native speaker...


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    Re: median strip

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_reservation
    On divided roads, including expressways, motorways, or autobahns, the central reservation (British English), median (North American English), median strip (North American English and Australian English) or central nature strip (Australian English) is the area which separates opposing lanes of traffic.

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    Is "median strip" unacceptable in American English?

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    Re: median strip

    I hope not - I say it.

    I mentally differentiate "median" from "median strip" in that a median is simply a barrier of some sort, while a median strip is, at the smallest, wide enough to stand one, and when larger (divided highways), large enough to have trees and even look like a small park.

    Others may refer to that grassy strip simply as a median. That's fine too.

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    Re: median strip

    Both would be understood, but at least in North America, there is not any commonly understood difference. I have never heard anyone say "median strip". As far as other areas, I cannot say for sure, but I would probably trust the wikipedia entry.

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    Re: median strip

    Quote Originally Posted by nikjames View Post
    Ya just median is good... That's what I would say... I'm also a native speaker...
    Of American English. 'Median' by itself wouldn't work in the UK.

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    PS It sounds as though Barb's 'median strip' is our 'central reservation'.
    Last edited by BobK; 25-Jun-2009 at 16:24. Reason: Added PS

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    #9

    Re: median strip

    Hehe - what a difference an ocean makes. If I heard "Central Reservation," I'd be wondering which (Native American) tribe!

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    Re: median strip

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hehe - what a difference an ocean makes. If I heard "Central Reservation," I'd be wondering which (Native American) tribe!
    That is exactly what I would be thinking, too.

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