Posted by Lotg (OZ) on August 02, 2004
In Reply to: Littorally posted by Henry on August 01, 2004
: : : Anyone know the origin for the term "Eastern Seaboard"?
: : I don't know the history. Other than it's eastern and it's a seaboard.
: : Dictionary.com:
: : seaboard
: : \Sea"board`\, n. [Sea + board, F. bord side.] The seashore; seacoast. --Ld. Berners.
: : Merriam-Webster:
: : Main Entry: sea.board
: : Pronunciation: 'sE-"bOrd, -"bord
: : Function: noun
: : : SEACOAST; also : the country bordering a seacoast
: : - seaboard adjective
: By convention, the USA has a West Coast but an Eastern Seaboard. It's difficult to find a reason. The early colonists landed on the Eastern Seaboard; perhaps the name dates back to their vocabulary.
That is SUCH a good question. Cos no-one says the Western seaboard here either (that I've ever heard anyway). We have the same thing here in Aussieland, we have Western Australia and the Eastern seaboard. So I do have to also wonder why the difference????? Don't we have any salty travellers on this site who would know???
- Western seaboard???? Crow 12/August/04