This isn’t really a rant, but something that caught my eye. This article describes a fugitive leading police on a “cross-country” chase from New York to Memphis. Maybe as a resident of the West Coast I’m being too sensitive, but… do New York newswriters know that more states were admitted to the Union after 1800?
Yeah, yeah, I know that “cross-country” can also mean along the back roads, through the countryside, as in “cross-country skiing.” Still… for the savings of a few extra letters they could have put “multi-state” chase. Unless there’s some new beachfront property along the new Arkansas Ocean I was unaware of…
So that’s where I left that coast I’d been looking for! Tennessee! Man, it’s always in the last place you think to look.
On the other hand, Lewis and Clark are going to be bummed. They went all the way out West when there was a coast a few hundred miles from Washington, DC?
Ogre is actually right. It’s not what you usually think when you hear “cross-country,” but it’s not so bad. MapQuest says it’s more than 1,000 miles of road from New York City to Memphis; in a country that’s about 3,000 miles wide, I think that fits the bill.
Yeah, you’re too sensitive. You’re confusing “cross country” with “across the country”. “Cross Country” almost never means “Coast-to-Coast”, and generally means what you give as an “also”. It sounds better than “multi-state”, which I rarely hear .