Subject: On/In
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 15:14:43 -0500

Before someone finds the REAL(tm) linguistic reasons for this latest quirk of
the English language under scrutiny:

Perhaps due to what your parents were most likely to yell at you.

"GET ON THE BUS!" Children are most often followed onto transit vehicles.
"GET IN THE CAR!" A parent will invariably already be in the car waiting for the


Is there a connection between whether you can stand up and move around in the
vehicle? You get on/board vehicles that require you to walk an aisle to your
seat. You get in vehicles that generally have one door per seat or don't have
aisles or room to stand.

Now, onto parking on driveways and driving on parkways....

Eric L. Dunn

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