What do you call the concrete walkway along a beach?

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  1. Naomasa298

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  3. Hublocker

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    Whatever. Around here we say "We went for a walk on the seawall today" Not "we went for a walk on the path on top/behind the seawall."
     
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    I think boardwalk is a broader term. Everybody seems to know the meaning. This is a boardwalk in front of my sister’s condo near San Diego
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    So, a ... cement boardwalk?
     
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    I would personally refer to it simply as boardwalk. In idiomatic terms, its component materials don't override or come up to the same importance as the purpose of the item.

    If I ask someone to hand me a bottle sitting on the counter, I say, "Pass me that bottle, please." I don't say, "Pass me that brown glass bottle."
     
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    Dunno if I was smash someone's head against a boardwalk, it's constituting material would be of relevance I suppose.
     
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    I'm fascinated with the amount of words for this simple beach walkway and the discussion emanating from it. I love how language differs so much depending on time, location, and situation.
     
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    I vote boardwalk. I live in FL, just a few minutes from the beach and we've always called it a boardwalk.
     
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    "Build me a boardwalk. Out of concrete."
     
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    Do you ask for a bottle of beer if the beer is in a can?

    I get it that in some areas the local name for it is boardwalk. There really aren't a lot of options in the free thesaurus.

    Did anyone suggest malecon? Of course, same thing, it's a name used in Latin America but not many other places.

    Oh, and I should mention, usually the malecon is a walkway above the seawall rather than between the beach and the city side.
     
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    I still don't get what's wrong with promenade.
     
  14. Hublocker

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    Esplanade works.
     
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    Isn't promenade a fancy word for walk? Wher i came fro this is a promenade:
     
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    Yeah, distortion of the meaning of the word from American square dance calling.




    promenade
    [ˌpräməˈnād, ˌpräməˈnäd]

    NOUN
    1. a paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.
     

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