Re: FRIDAY FUN: Snow day!
Bryan wrote: I would invariably pass a number of vehicles in the median
...explain what this "median stuck" is?
Only guessing, but I think he meant:
"I would pass vehicles stuck in the meridian."
Many US 4-lane highways include barrier strips between the directional lanes
(N-S or E-W). These strips are known as "meridians".
Thanks, Dori... so "median" appears to be yet another contraction of a
Sliding and coasting to a halt with your fan belt packed with snow, and
having to wait for a tow truck to get you back to the road, is much better
than slamming into one of those outside obstructions at 60 miles per hour.
60 mph roughly equals 90 kph (we're into the metric system here in
India). I've never driven on ice, but I don't imagine I'd have the
guts to push a car at 90 kph when it could lose all traction at any
second on a nasty patch of ice!
So most of us "steer for the meridian". The phrase has also come to mean
"aim for the lesser of two evils".
Interesting - thanks! :-)
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