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#71263 - 05/25/02 07:39 PM Ride with me
Angel Offline
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While out on my motorcycle today, it occurred to me that one "rides" a motorcycle, yet one "drives" a car or a truck. Anyone have any explanation for this discrepency?


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#71264 - 05/26/02 01:36 AM Re: Ride with me
Father Steve Offline
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Note also that one rides a horse in order to drive cattle. Hmmm.


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#71265 - 05/26/02 04:44 AM Re: Ride with me
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Note also that one rides a horse in order to drive cattle.

Good one, Dad, but I guess you ride astride a motorcycle but sit in a comfy chair to drive a car.

lusy

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#71266 - 05/26/02 06:57 AM Re: Ride with me
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As I'm also too lazy to LIU or do any research, I'll guess that it does, indeed, refer to the use of animals as transportation. "To ride" implies that you are seated upon the animnal; "to drive," that you are behind it, urging it along. When you drive a horse and carr, you are doing the latter, notwithstanding the fact that you are following the horse through no effort of your own.

The same is true, by analogy, with car and mo'bike. And, indeed, in the vast majority of cars, you do sit behind the engine, whilst on the vast majority of Motorbikes, you sit over it.

(This doesn't thoroughly explain it, of course, if you take into consideration that the earliest motor cars were rear-engined! hmmmm)


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#71267 - 05/26/02 09:46 AM Re: Ride with me
wwh Offline
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Is a lady who sits side saddle on a horse "riding' it?


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#71268 - 05/26/02 09:52 AM Re: Ride with me
Wordwind Offline
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Is a lady who sits side saddle on a horse "riding' it?


Nope, she's saddled with grief!

I know, I know. I'm a Monotreme and just laid an egg!

Bridle regards,
WildWest


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#71269 - 05/26/02 09:59 AM Re: Ride with me
wwh Offline
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Remember the cowboy who worried about his girlfriend riding astride, because you can stretch a good thing too far?


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#71270 - 05/26/02 11:43 AM Re: Ride with me
of troy Offline
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that reminds me, a childless friend asked once "what is teen age girls facination with horses all about?" as we walked in a park, and watched group after group of young girls go by on horse back.

i replied "i dunno, what ever could be appealing about speading your legs wide, and using your leg muscles to grab hold of hard, well muscled body, that causes you to bound up and down rhythmicly? and to think the young girl has full control of this hard, well muscled body and can control the speed, and nature of the rhythm she bounces at? I dunno.. why ever would they enjoy that?" he blushed and had trouble looking at the next group of riders!

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#71271 - 05/26/02 09:53 PM Re: Ride with me
Geoff Offline
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I guess you ride astride a motorcycle but sit in a comfy chair to drive a car.

Yet one pilots an aeroplane or a boat, regardless of where the power plant is located. Even the persons who provide both power and control of human-powered aircraft are called pilots, even though they're "riding" them, as in a bicycle.


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#71272 - 05/27/02 08:53 AM Re: Ride with me
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Yet one pilots an aeroplane or a boat

If one is to believe such TV shows as JAG military pilots will drive their planes.


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