we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

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someoen said English language is very funny and they provided this example, we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways.
I don't understand it!!
Do you call streets 'park ways' and parks where cars maybe parked 'drive ways'?
If so, is this AmE or BrE?
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Hello
someoen said English language is very funny and they provided this example, we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways.
I don't understand it!!
Do you call streets 'park ways' and parks where cars maybe parked 'drive ways'?
If so, is this AmE or BrE?
Thanks :-D

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Good afternoon, Over the top.

(1) Yes, all languages are very "interesting."

(2) In California (and other states), we use the word "freeway."

In some eastern states (such as New York), I think they say "parkway."

(3) We Americans park our cars in the "driveway."
 

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what does driveway mean?
 

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what does driveway mean?

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Hello again.

Many Americans live in a house.

Next to the house is a garage for the car(s).

The driveway is the short road from the street to the garage.

You can park your car on the street, in the driveway, or -- of course --

in your garage.

Have a nice day!

If you go to Google Images and type in "driveway," I imagine that you

will get some great pictures.
 

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In Britain, we use motorway and drive.
 

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:up: - though the number of houses with driveways must be decreasing - as developers building new houses try to cram in as many as the can. I've come across the word 'parkway' in street names occasionally, which suggests that once it had some currency. There's also the term 'broadway', which is quite common in roadnames (and associated places - for example 'Ealing Broadway', where I lived for most of my youth, was an area named after a road).

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Here is a typical US driveway, which leads to a two-car garage. The garage was originally intended as a storage place for the car, but most folks keep so much "junk" in the garage - everything from lawnmowers to snowblowers to bicycles to boxes of old things they don't want to throw away that there often isn't room left inside for the car. So the car gets parked in the driveway.

Other odd phrases in English (as pointed out by comedian George Carlin): In airports we often hear an announcement stating that a particular flight "will now begin the pre-boarding procedure." Pre-boarding? What is that? We get on the plane before we get on the plane?! And what about "on the plane"?! Let Evel Knievel ride on the plane, I'm going to sit inside the plane. :-D

Why do we call furnace boilers "hot water heaters"? If the water is already hot, why does it need to be heated?
 
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