We see them every day when we go to work, get out from school, go to visit our friends. And no, we’re not talking about trees, birds, or anything that’s part of nature! We’re talking about the different Lanes, Avenues, Roads, and Streets we walk on every day! Have you ever wondered what those suffixes that define a road or street name actually mean? Turns out there are quite an interest topic in themselves, and here are some interesting facts about street names you didn’t know!
Road- The Most Common Suffix Used in Road Names.
The term ‘road’ is used in naming most roads because it has the most general meaning. In simple terms, a road is basically a route that connects one point to another. On the other hand, a street is a special kind of road that generally has houses or building on either side of the road, or on both sides. When it comes to lanes, these are actually narrow roads that are found in rural areas and are typically winding in nature. Due to building of infrastructure, most lanes gradually turn into streets.
Drive- A Suffix With a Unique Meaning Depending On Where You Are
If you are based in the United Kingdom, the term Drive actually refers to a private road that leads to a collection of masionettes, houses, or different structures. On the other hand, if you are born and living in America, you might come to associate a Drive as a large road that is usually labelled due to any notable geographical features in close proximity; such as a mountain, a river, or even a lake. As such, drives in America are usually considered peaceful and scenic!
Though rarely used, the term Mews refers to a row of houses that have been transformed and rebuilt to resemble stables. And last but not least, an Esplanade (or Promenade) is a road that is constructed in such a way that it leads to the sea.
And there you have it! Now you know the difference between a road, a lane, and a street. We hope it wasn’t confusing in the slightest! 😉