[LMB] was: Language

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Aug 19 01:36:54 BST 2019


On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:54:04 -0400 (EDT), Harvey Fishman
<fishman at panix.com> wrote:

>Well Howard, when I was young the streets of New York City were paved with "asphalt", which was
>an asphaltic concrete with a very fine aggregate and asphalt or bitumen used for the binder.
>This was produced and applied by the City. But asphalt had to be applied and rolled hot, needed
>extensive facilities to be produced, and did not lend itself to repairs. These days, the City
>has closed down its facilities for the manufacture of asphalt and instead uses tarmac, which is
>a mixture of a much coarser aggregate and tar as the binder. Perhaps YOU don't use the word
>tarmac, but I sure do because that is what streets are paved with now. It has the advantage of
>being able to be applied as patches and repairs. And much of the surfaces of streets are done
>by contractors cleaning up after utility repairs since the City made them responsible for this.

With rising temperatures, this may change; tarmac has a lower melting
point than asphalt.
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