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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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    I think the word you're looking for is CORNICHE.
     
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    In San Diego, we call it a bike path. I’ve always wondered why all those people were walking on my bike path.
     
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    I see nothing wrong with "strolled along the concrete walkway marking the border between the houses and the beach" or something something concrete walkway to that same effect.
     
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    Sidewalk?

    The Promenade or Boardwalk sound better
     
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    It may technically be, but if you're going for what people would actually call it, I'd use boardwalk.
     
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    I don't call it a boardwalk unless it's wooden. If it's cement it's called a sidewalk. In California the sidewalk by the beach is called a beach walk. Around one large lake here in Seattle it's called a path and there are cement paths all around the county that are called bike trails. When they are by the beach or park but intended for bikes they can also be called a bike path.

    You guys know this thread is 3-4 years old, right?
     
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    In the Uk we call it a prom or promenade
     
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    es·pla·nade
    /ˈespləˌnäd,ˈespləˌnād/
    noun: esplanade; plural noun: esplanades
    1. a long, open, level area, typically beside the sea, along which people may walk for pleasure.
     
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    I reckon if the OP's not decided by now, he never will.
     
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    Some of the rest of us are interested in the topic, though.
     
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    Fair enuff.
     
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    They are sea walls , built to stop the sea carving out the seafront . Top part is an Promenade or Esplanade . The word , in England , is interchangeable and is just how it is named locally.
     
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    quick question: should i just stay in this forum?

    i know almost zero of these types of words (meaning descriptive, specific, where and when they even apply, etc.), and this very clearly hinders my ability to describe things, to the point that my fear has disabled my ability to SEE things in my mind's eye.

    it's really gotten very, very bad. is it like this for others? do you all just stay in this forum constantly, almost never navigating away from the page?
     
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