Why do we drive on a parkway, and park on a driveway?
Can you read these correctly the first time?
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A large mouth bass was painted on the head of the bass drum
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row amon g the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. Same reason some people put hot sauce in the refrigerator...doesn't make sense.
NO! you park in a parking lot or a garage and drive to the street on a driveway..maybe..and if your car breaks down and you are ona parkway well you park it right where it quits and call a garage...maybe...get off the bs man! haha!
A funny business of wordplay is involved here.
I suggest there is a straightforward answer in this case.
One that is not too boring either.
The term driveway is a backformation from the verb to drive.
"Way", like "via", its parent term, refers to a prepared surface along which wheeled or foot traffic is desired by a city's planners or by travelers to proceed.
We use drive, a term also form moving cattle, operating a technological vehicle, and guiding a team of draft animals, etc. because English developed out of low German--and these honest barbarians lacked words for many things relating to human performance, because they were still tribalists. So our words for emotions, thoughts and advanced physical performances are mostly borrowed from Greek, Latin, Medieval French words and so on.
To drive is one of these borrowed words.
But, in brief, look at drive-way. It's a subdivision of the larger term way or "wider lane designed or prepared for foot or wheeled traffic, synonym "street".
We can park in a driveway but also drive in it because those are the two actions possible in such a "street" area,
to a wheeled vehicle. We can also stop, start, but not turn, only turn into or turn out of it.
As to parkway, this is a term referring to a large way proceeding through park or green zones, as opposed to a city way, a country way or a drive-way.
Once again, one can drive on a parkway because that is its function--to enable wheeled or foot traffic to proceed bu using its space; but one can also park, but beside its surface, and turn onto or turn off from but not turn upon its surface.
The key here is that a larger category via, way, street, calle, boulevard is defined--and the fact that on some hasty but not wholly ill-considered basis, we can then modify the term "way", the preferred US English term, by using another term to designate a smaller category within the larger parent "way".
A lane means a prepared roadway that is too small for wheeled traffic except a bicycle, but not too small for pedestrians'' uses.
But beltway, freeway, throughway, causeway, highway, federal highway, state highway and superhighway use the root "way" and modify it; and road, lane, street, are also modified in the same manner, logically but not scientifically, in such word combinations as toll road, country lane, high street, access road, bike lane, cross street, main road, low street, and so on.
Why do we complain about it being hot outside, and turn on the air, but when it's cold outside, we turn on the heat? Life is a mystery, so just go with it, ok?
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