theatremouse February 28, 2016 Share February 28, 2016 (edited) The thing that I think is totally and exclusively southern California is how instead of saying "I'm going to take I-5 today" people say "I'm taking THE 5 today." Every single freeway or highway is THE _____.I read a really interesting article a few months ago I can't find now that explained how that phraseology came about and it had a good reason. Basically, before freeways had numbers in Southern California they had names, ie The Santa Ana freeway, etc. (I mean, most still have both names and numbers but the notable part was the names being commonly known before a numbering system existed.) Then once there were enough of them and interstates started and what not, everything got numbered. But people were used to saying "the BLAHBLAH highway" and so when the names dropped out of fashion and people started primarily using the numbers in conversation, they still never dropped the "the". Edited February 28, 2016 by theatremouse 4 Link to comment
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