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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by DarkLoki

And in speech everyone I know calls them just "Snelweg".
In the east part of the Netherlands, especially in the Twente region its common that we say 'autobaan'. (like the German autobahn)
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Old November 10th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #22
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If anyone interested, the closest translation of Czech "dálnice" (and Slovak "dialnica") is probably a "farway".

The term is a concatenation of parts of words dálková silnice which means a long-distance road. The term was coined by Ing. Karel Chmel in 1938. Karel Chmel was an employee of the Command of long-distance roads construction, a body in charge of construction of motorways in pre WW2 Czechoslovakia. The body had a military background as it was basically a converted army department formerly in charge of construction of border fortifications against Germany which the Munich agreement had rendered useless, hence its military name. The company was renamed to General Directorate of Motorways (Generální ředitelství dálnic) soon after, taking advantage of the newly invented word.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 01:34 AM   #23
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In Afrikaans the usual word is snelweg, which translates as 'fast-way'. Motorweg, which of course translates as motorway, is a less common and I think older term.

Afrikaans isn't of course a geographically European language, but it is by descent.
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