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    What do you call the concrete walkway along a beach?

    Discussion in 'Research' started by mashers, Jun 17, 2016.

    Is there a name for the concrete walkway in this picture? The one with the concrete steps leading down to the beach.

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    I would call it a boardwalk, though clearly this one is cement, rather than wood. Same purpose, though.
     
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    It could I suppose and depending it's purpose (and location), be called a quay.
     
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    Isn't a boardwalk 'hollow' though? Like a bridge? 'Boardwalk' is not a word we really use in England so I'm not sure whether it's right or not.
     
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    Just did a quick google search, it seems a "sidewalk' is still used in american english for such a thing when not made out of wood (it's a broadwalk otherwise). It is possible that a 'pavement' or 'footpath' is appropriate terms.

    Though it seems boardwalk is an appropriate term for it. Or perhaps promenade?
     
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    I'd call it a promenade, which in this context is basically the same as Wrey's boardwalk.
     
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    I don't think quay is quite right either, since that implies it's used in shipping. The purpose of this is to protect the coast from the tide, to allow people to walk along the beach, and to provide steps down to the beach. 'Pavement' would imply that it's running along a road, in British English anyway. I think I'll go with 'concrete walkway' and provide some description to clarify what it is. Thanks guys :)
     
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    AHA! Yes! It's a promenade!!! Thank you :)
     
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    In America (I can only speak from a Yank perspective), the word boardwalk tends to conjure images of the beach, weather the walk itself be made of boards or cement.
     
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    Also, I just moved this to Research, though Word Mechanics would have probably suited as well. Let's please try not to use General Writing as a General Dumping Ground for everything.
     
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    Thank you. I thought Word Mechanics was more about grammar and Research was more about researching scenarios. Sorry for posting in the wrong section.
     

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