Posted by Al on September 11, 2003
In Reply to: Re: I have streets but no pavement. posted by ESC on September 11, 2003
: : : : : Hi,
: : : : : What does it(I have streets but no pavement.) mean?
: : : : : Thanks.
: : : : thank for your reply. I need it badly.
: : : No idea at all. Can you give any more context from your source? Who is speaking? Is it meant to be literal, as the mayor of a town has only unpaved dirt streets, or figurative somehow?
: : Also, is it British or N American in origin. 'Pavement' has different meanings on each side of the Atlantic. In the UK the word applies to what is called 'sidewalk' in the US. In the US it means, I believe, the road surface. There is no really universal word in Britain - we tend to say 'the road surface', or the 'tarmac' in some circumstances.
: Yes, in the U.S. it is "pavement." Of course, on White Oak Mountain in W.Va., we called it "the hard road."
In the western US "pavement" usually means the hard surface such as 'concrete', 'asphalt' or 'tarmac'. Smaller communities in the high deserts of the western US may not need a hard surface so 'unsurfaced' streets may be constructed, usually temporarly because of dust. Small remote communities on the tundra in Alaska may have streets but no pavement.