[LMB] OT: Terry Pratchett

brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Sep 15 21:48:43 BST 2021



> On Sep 15, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
>> I also dislike “tons of” and “massive” when they shouldn’t apply.   And reading about space ships landing on that planet’s tarmac.
> 
> Most "Tarmac" isn't, anyway.  A lot of it is asphalt or bitmec.  Or even
> concrete, increasingly.
> 
> Why yes!  I do have a friend who is a civil engineer.  And yes, it is
> one of his hot buttons.

I’d use it for asphalt as that is as close as we get in the U.S.

I never heard of the word until Idi Amin had all of those hostages on an airport’s “tarmac”.   BBC did the reporting, USAmericans made assumptions about what the word meant.


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