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Old November 8th, 2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Highways and "Autobahns" ?

Since this section of the forum is all English purpose, shouldn't the "Autobahn" be exchanged with "Motorway"?
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Old November 9th, 2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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No, this is an international section, not an English section.
Autobahns represents the international character.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #3
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was there really need for separate thread to ask one question?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #4
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Well yes actually, We can get get silly by calling it Highways, Autobahns and Autostradas, whats to stop us from that?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:06 AM   #5
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hopefully moderator
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #6
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I'm more than happy to be a moderator if the Admins and Super Mods decide on this. I am a moderator in several other Albanian forums.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:17 AM   #7
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It doesnt go that way...
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #8
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the name od pdf is like that for ages, and now you have appeared to ask that, or demand to change it? lol. no way for that, especially on demand of forumer with 1000 posts.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #9
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Does this thread still exist and even not locked?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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the name od pdf is like that for ages
Podforum (subforum in Croatian)?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #11
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Suggestion: Throw a poll and be over with it.

However, with so many different classifications and standards there's no real word, highway is to wide, and words like expressway, interstate, freeway, motorway and so on are too country specific and does not necessarily mean the same everywhere.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #12
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the german word is good since they had the first ever to be build anyway...
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #13
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Podforum (subforum in Croatian)?
exactly i am in multilingual mood
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:13 PM   #14
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the german word is good since they had the first ever to be build anyway...
That's debatable. :-)

But since most of the threads here cover all sorts of roads (not just freeways/motorways/autoroutes/autosnelwegen/etc./etc.), it's irrelevant. If we're changing the name of the forum, why not just "roads and highways"?
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Because highway may be any road, so they are synonyms Motorway is closer to Autobahn (the original worldwide)... Expressways are also type of highways, even though they are not autobahns And the american highways are usually 1+1 lanes without center divide... So the subforum name is just good enough for all roads And this thread is not necessery. I think anybody with enough brains will get the point what it is about.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:46 PM   #16
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Speaking as a native speaker of English - yes, there are some, even here, and we do have some say in how our own language is used - "highway" and "road" are not synonymous. (In legal contexts, a highway may indeed be any public road, but in other contexts, at least in North America - where the vast majority of the world's native speakers of English live, by the way - a highway is a road of a certain importance, not just any old country lane.)

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway

And there were limited-access roads in the world before the first Autobahn was built. Not in Europe perhaps, but - again, this will come as news to some people - the world is not limited to Europe.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #17
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Not in Europe perhaps, but - again, this will come as news to some people - the world is not limited to Europe.
Funny comment for an American. (no offence BTW)

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And there were limited-access roads in the world before the first Autobahn was built.
Where? Cars are a merely new inventions so I don't think you have to expect the first limited-access road (Autobahn-style) in Asia, Africa or South America in the beginning of the 20th century. According to Wikipedia the first limited-access road was constructed in Italy.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #18
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I'm not just any American. :-P
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #19
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And I always thought the vast majority of native English speakers lives in India... Silly me!
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #20
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Nope:

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