Wednesday, September 29, 2010

British Word of the Day

zebra crossing

Oh, we have them here in the U.S. we just don't call them that. They are merely white longitudinal stripes painted on the dark surface of a road to indicate a crossing. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy they are reference to Man using the improbable creature called the Babel fish as proof to the non-existence of God... the novel says, "Man then goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed at the next zebra crossing."

In Ring in a Teacup, Lucy stands at a zebra crossing "in Knightsbridge, having spent her morning with her small nose pressed to the fashionable shop windows there, and among the cars which pulled up was a Panther 4.2 convertible with him in the driver's seat. There was a girl beside him; exactly right for the car, too, elegant and dark and haughty..."

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