questionswhy are apartments called apartments when they…


Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?


Maybe it's because even though they look like they'd be together, they are separate units, or 'apart'. :D


apartment (n.)
1640s, "private rooms for the use of one person within a house," from Fr. appartement (16c.), from It. appartimento, lit. "a separated place," from appartere "to separate," from a "to" (see ad-) + parte "side, place," from L. partem (see part (n.)). Sense of "set of private rooms in a building entirely of these" (the U.S. equivalent of British flat) is first attested 1874.


it's called a driveway because it's supposed to be the strip of road on which you DRIVE between your garage and the street. But since your garage is full of junk, you park on the driveway.


I can't find the exact clip I want, but @budrose's question reminds me of this:
NSFW My Dad took me to a George Carlin concert when I was 13 or 14, back before Carlin got really grumpy. I can remember wanting to climb under my seat when Carlin began his Seven Dirty Words routine. One of my best Father-Daughter adventures!


Why is it that when you send something someplace by car it's a shipment, but if you send it by ship it's cargo?