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Pet peeve, volume 228: ROADS are not ROADWAYS. Nobody except police, reporters, and press release-people call them ROADWAYS. They are ROADS.

Have you ever heard anybody in real-life conversation use ROADWAYS? No, you have not.

Joe: “So what happened?”
Jane: “Well, I was on my to Starbucks and then some jackass walked right out in front of me and then sat down right in the middle of the roadway! I freaked out – I nearly ran him over!”
Joe: “Seriously? What an idiot! Wait…the roadway?”

And don’t get me started on “motorist.”



  1. I agree with you, but, hey, we’ve got a golf fairway, and if you call it a fair, that’s a horse of a different color. We’ve got a freeway, and if you call it a free, nobody will understand you. We also have sideways, lengthways, archway, beltway, hideaway, speedway, and the list goes on and on. I won’t crucify anybody for using roadway. 🙂

  2. Point(s) taken, John! No crucifixion – but if folks would just try a little harder to write naturally and don’t “force” bigger words to make things sound more important…

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