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Friday, January 14, 2011

Odd Britishism

Apparently a school crossing guard, at least a female one, is a 'lollipop lady'. I know this because of a sad story out of Scotland: Lollipop lady killed by bus in Ayr 'had heart of gold'. Audrey Williams was struck by a single-decker bus on her way back across the street after escorting some children. No one else was hurt. The bus itself had 30 children aboard. Apparently the reference, mostly used in Britain and Australia, has to do with the signs they use that look like lollipops. A male is called a Lollipop Man.

We just have stop signs and call them crossing guards. Not nearly so imaginative.

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