highway names

There are a lot of differences in Northern and Southern California culture. One of them is how we talk about highways. In SoCalHighwaysNorthern California we never put “the” in front of the highway number. We say “101” or “280” or “85.”

Down here it is “the 10,” “the 60,” or “the 15.” Traffic reporters do it and so do the newspapers.

While my Bay Area snobbery prefers that method, the region can’t afford to be too snobby.

After all, in Northern California we talk about The El Camino Real: “The The Royal Road.”

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