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Ramp Vs Apron

Sun Oct 31, 2004 6:30 pm

In the US it appears that the mass of concrete that planes sit on while at the gate is called the "ramp". In the UK we call it an "apron".

Anybody know the origin of these words? "Ramp" usually signifies a slope, or a freeway slip road. An "apron" is usually something you wear!

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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Sun Oct 31, 2004 7:40 pm

There's also the pan or the line.

Any other names?
 
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Sun Oct 31, 2004 8:04 pm

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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Sun Oct 31, 2004 10:48 pm

The "tarmac".
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Sun Oct 31, 2004 11:49 pm

I have never heard anyone in the airport business in the U.S. refer to the ramp/apron as "tarmac", although many in the news media use that term. Is "tarmac" a U.K. thing?
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:16 am

I agree with you RNOcommctr the media loves to use jargon that they think insiders use.

The media is also the only place I ever hear "black boxes" - insiders call them the CVR or FDR.

The media stuck U-2 pilot Frank (Francis Gary) Powers and assassin Lee (Harvey) Oswald with their middle names for eternity. Neither of them used those names.

And of course, who could ever forget (all one word) "WinnieMandelawifeofjailedSouthAfricanactivistNelsonMandela?" every time her name came up in the news.

Then of course you have the flight attendants who muddy the issue with the passengers by telling them "we are still on an active runway" when we are actually on a taxiway or ramp.
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:46 am

Tarmac derives from MacAdam, the Scottish civil engineer who invented the method of mixing tar (and later asphalt) with rocks and gravel to build roads.

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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:04 am

Another classic, from the Swedish press, is "Indonesiatheworld'smostpopulousmuslimnation"...

"Tarmac" is a UK thing yes.

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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:29 am

Then there is aeroplane vs airplane and tyre vs tire.
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:08 am

final (US) vs. finals (Euro.)
 
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RE: Ramp Vs Apron

Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:39 am

Ass vs Arse
Aluminum vs Aluminium
Herbs (silent h) vs herbs
Cellphone vs mobile phone
Text messaging vs texting
Crap! vs Bollocks!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



final (US) vs. finals (Euro.)

You mean UK...
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