Vehicles and Transportation

N1 Other names for an ambulance:

N2 The car used to carry a dead body for burial:

N3 The car or wagon that takes arrested people to the police station or to jail:

N4 A police vehicle with a red, blue, or yellow flashing light on top:

N5 Nicknames for an automobile, especially an old or broken-down car:

N6 An old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise:

N7 If you had made a trip by car to a city (Supply local name) you might say, “We ________ to X last week.”

N8 If somebody gave you lessons in driving a car, you might say, “He ________ me how to drive.”

N9 The colored lights that control the cars at busy road crossings:

N10 What other words are used around here for the bright and dim lights on a car?

N11 A very large truck used to haul freight, new cars, and other big loads:

N12 Names for somebody who drives carelessly or not well:

N13 If someone has been drinking and then drives a car, he may be arrested for:

N14 The place where you go to get gasoline put into a car:

N15a Gas stations (or other word) usually have two kinds of gasoline: A cheaper kind that’s called ________.

N15b Gas stations (or other word) usually have two kinds of gasoline: A more expensive kind that’s called ________.

N16a Names for a highway with two lanes on each side and a separation down the middle:

N16b Names for a highway with two lanes on each side and a separation down the middle—if you have to pay to drive on it:

N17 What do you call the separating area in the middle of a four-lane road?

N18 How do you speak of roads that have numbers or letters? For example, if someone asked directions to get to (Supply local city name), you might say, “Take ________.”

N19 What do you call a structure that carries a road above railroad tracks, or above another road or a deep gully?

N20 What do you call a circular arrangement on one level at a big intersection, where cars can go around till they come to the road they want?

N21 Roads that are surfaced with smooth black pavement:

N22 When a road that is surfaced with smooth pavement gets wet so that cars slip or skid on it, you say it’s ________.

N23 Other kinds of paved roads around here:

N24 A ditch along the side of a graded road:

N25 The unpaved part of a graded road along the edge of the pavement:

N26 A road that follows surveyors’ divisions: [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

N27a Names around here for different kinds of unpaved roads: (Open question)

N27b When unpaved roads get very rough, you call them ________.

N28 A road that connects a big highway with stores and business places set back from it:

N29 What names are used around here for a less important road running back from a main road?

N30 What do you call a sudden short dip in a road?

N31 A place in a road where animals regularly go across:

N32 A place where roads cross at right angles: (Gesture.)

N33 A man whose job is to take care of roads in a certain locality:

N34 An electric car that runs on tracks in a city—any around here?

N35 A fast train that goes from one big city to another without stopping at all the stations:

N36 Names for a slow train or one that stops at every station: [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

N37 Joking names for a branch railroad that is not very important or gives poor service:

N38 On a trip when you have to change trains and wait a while between them, you might say, “I have a two-hour ________ in Chicago.”

N39 The place where you go to begin a trip and where you get off at the end:

N40a (In snow areas) What different kinds of sleighs do you have around here for hauling loads?

N40b Different kinds of sleighs for carrying people:

N40c Different kinds of sleighs for carrying other things:

N41a What kinds of horse-drawn vehicles are used around here, or used to be, to carry people?

N41b Horse-drawn vehicles to carry heavy loads:

N41c Horse-drawn vehicles to carry light loads:

N42 Vehicles for a baby or small child—the kind it can lie down in:

N43 Vehicles for a small child—the kind it has to sit up in:

N44 In a town, the strip of grass and trees between the sidewalk and the curb:

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