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Old 04-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #391
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I have a friend with this. She spent years hiding it because she was affraid people would be offended that she doesn't recognise most people until they speak. Fortunately when she finally told everyone people were very supportive and told her to stop worrying about something she couldn't control.
That would be dreadful to have. I'm glad your friend was able to get support from her friends.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:09 AM   #392
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roundabout:
Indirect, circuitous or circumlocutionary; that does not do something in
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:28 AM   #393
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I saw the word "roundabout" and this is what I thought of:

Noun

roundabout (plural roundabouts)
  1. (chiefly UK, New Zealand and Australia) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:32 AM   #394
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I saw the word "roundabout" and this is what I thought of:

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  1. (chiefly UK, New Zealand and Australia) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
Me too and how I try to avoid them...they do slow traffic down in neighborhoods, simply because folks don't what to do.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:22 AM   #395
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We have them here in Mass. all over the place. You have to "yield" to the person in the rotary, as we call them.

One day my daughter and I were in a rotary, and there was a bad case of "road rage" going on, on the other side because one driver didn't yield to the one in the rotary. We got the heck away from there fast. And so did a lot of other drivers. We had to go up a road we weren't intending to go to, but as the saying goes, "better safe than sorry." The rage was bad enough that we heard the sirens coming.


In the new test handbook for new drivers there is a rather large chapter covering rotaries. Or roundabouts as you folks call them.
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I've heard the term rotary before. I know it's used in Halifax, NS. We also use the term "traffic circle".
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:47 AM   #397
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The biggest one I have ever seen had six roads leading into it. There is one in Everett that services a very large mall. Now that one is the biggest one. Two for the mall, entrance and exit, one for Route 16, E&E, one road for the mall across from the mall for the appliance store E&E, and one to get you back to the right road if you missed the one you wanted, E&E. That makes eight. After you have driven on it a couple of times, you get used to it. It is less than ten years old.
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I've heard the term rotary before. I know it's used in Halifax, NS. We also use the term "traffic circle".
I can't say what I call them here...
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PF,

Addie, the biggest roundabout that I have seen is the one around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 12 streets! The biggest one I have negotiated isn't a roundabout anymore. It was in Copenhagen and seven streets and a streetcar line crossing it. I rode that one on a bicycle.

Here, most of our roundabouts have traffic lights or stop signs. Not far from where I live, there's a little one with only three streets and it has three stop signs.
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