The Case for Calling it THE 95

The Case for Calling it THE 95
11 comments, 02/26/2014, by , in LOCAL

Growing up, my parents would refer to Interstate 95 (you know, the main highway on the east coast) as THE 95.  Seemed right.  I grew up mimicking that term.

It wasn’t until about a year ago that someone stared at me and blurted out “What the hell did you just call 95?” that I realized that there’s a great debate…

Do you refer to Interstate 95 simply as “95” or “the 95”?

If you said just “95”, you’re wrong.  It’s the 95.  If you’re going to take a highway, do you say “I’m going to take highway” or do you say “I’m going to take THE highway?”.  Right- THE highway.  When you refer to the Merritt Parkway, is it THE Merritt or just Merritt?  Again, THE Merritt.

One of the most commonly debated issues for Connecticut drivers is which highway they should take.  It’s a gamble as to whether the 95 or the Merritt will have less traffic.  (I always go with the Merritt, but I’ve been screwed on that decision before- Ultimately, it’s just a coin toss)

So, if you were to discuss Interstate 95’s traffic patterns one would say:

“I’m going to try to avoid the congestion through Norwalk on THE 95 by taking THE Merritt.”  ***Ding, Ding, Ding!  That is correct!***

Let’s take a look at a few of the most famous highways in the country:

THE Overseas Highway in Florida…

THE Lincoln Highway in Indiana…

THE Blue Ridge Parkway that stretches from Virginia to North Carolina…

THE Extraterrestrial Highway (near Area 51)

THE Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon

And most importantly as a comparison THE 5 in L.A.!  (Note: THE 5, is also known as Interstate 5 just like Interstate 95- but they still use the “the”.)

Why would the 95 be any different?  So, go ahead, digest this information- Realize the error in your ways and begin referring to Interstate 95 correctly… The 95.  Tell your kids and friends too.

 

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11 comments

  1. MichaelESmith
    March 5th, 2014 12:28

    Telling anyone they’re “wrong” is just wrong.  We in RI refer to the interstates by simply saying 95 or 195 or I-95 or I-195 as so on.  Just because someone doesn’t say “the” doesn’t mean they’re wrong, it just means they live in an area where it just isn’t said that way.  I lived in L.A. for eight years and I got used to saying “the 405″ and “the 110″ because that is how people in L.A. referred to them.  But when I got back to RI, I didn’t miss a beat going back to saying 146, 195, 44 and so on.

    Where you were raised dictates how you speak.

    “So, go ahead, digest this information- Realize the error in your ways
    and begin referring to Interstate 95 correctly… The 95.  Tell your kids
    and friends too.”  Well, *you’re* wrong.  Just accept that people say things differently and get over it.  Tell your kids
    and friends too.

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  2. FrankyD
    February 28th, 2014 20:19

    NYC has manhattan, staten island, queens, brooklyn, and THE bronx. names evolve historically for all sorts of different reasons, and this one is no exception. It’s I-95 (or just 95) and THE merritt. (ct)boom.

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  3. DeniseGeorge
    February 27th, 2014 15:50

    Nope!  Sorry you’re wrong on this one!  It’s 95 or I-95.  Do you go to THE Big-Y or THE Kohls?  No, you go to Big-Y or Kohls .  Although I’m sure you do go to THE store.  I-95 is the name of the interstate, not a description of what it is.  You can go to THE Interstate…”which one?”…”Oh, I-95″…The NAME of the interstate.

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  4. IDONTSWEATYOU
    February 27th, 2014 10:53

    STAR999radio I call it the parking lot

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  5. UConnJack
    February 27th, 2014 9:32

    I’ve lived in CT all my 44 years and have never heard anyone call it “the 95″.  It’s always been 95 or I-95.  I look at it like this, when referring to the full name of the highway, you would normally say, “I’ll take interstate 95″, not “I’ll take the interstate 95″.  Then folks just decided to remove “interstate” when referring to it because it didn’t matter whether it was an interstate road or not when just talking about a route to take.  So then it’s just “I’ll take 95″.  Referring to highways with the “the” before it is a west coast thing.  They can keep that, we’ll keep doing our thing.

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  6. Dave
    February 26th, 2014 21:36

    Sounds
    like “The Californians” skits on SNL. “Throughout the melodramatic plot
    developments, much of the dialogue consists of descriptions of highway
    routes taken from place to place, with freeways referred to with the
    definite article, as in “the 10″, a usage characteristic of Southern
    California English. Sorry, dude, but you are like so way wrong.

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  7. Dave
    February 26th, 2014 21:33

    Sounds
    like “The Californians” skits on SNL. “Throughout the melodramatic plot
    developments, much of the dialogue consists of descriptions of highway
    routes taken from place to place, with freeways referred to with the
    definite article, as in “the 10″, a usage characteristic of Southern
    California English. Sorry, due, but you are so like way wrong

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  8. magicsqueegee
    February 26th, 2014 21:08

    I actually saw this in a movie or tv show or something. They were just briefly in southern ct, and someone supposedly from there referred to it as the 95. It broke my suspension of disbelief so hard I had to stop watching and lay down. It’s 95. I-95 is acceptable too, or just the interstate. NEVER the 95.

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  9. jecahn
    February 26th, 2014 19:11

    AltCtrlCT I advocate calling it “The Slower Post Road.”

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  10. kiiblu
    February 26th, 2014 16:33

    Its always gonna be 95 for me, sorry!

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  11. lisa les
    February 26th, 2014 15:29

    I have always called it I-95 and always will.

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