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#88931 12/07/02 02:01 PM
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I was doing the WSJ weekend crossword puzzle yesterday; the clue was: Where dentists work and the answer was filling station.

This got me to thinking about filling station and gas station (probably petrol station in the UK.) Is there a regional difference among these three terms? Are there other generic terms for where one goes to refuel her auto? Does anyone use refueling station?

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I hear 'gas station,' 'filling station,' and 'service station' around here, but most often 'service station' even though the services have pretty much died out.


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wow! haven't heard filling station in a long time. That's what my Dad calls it. takes me right back to my childhood.
usually it's gas station or service station these days.



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The earliest drive in facilities for gasoline used to be called "filling stations" east of the Rockies and "service stations" west of Rockies. Why so and when the terms merged into the generic service station, I dont know. Have also heard them referred to as petrol pumps or simply gas stations.


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Petrol station or gas station in the Zild. Filling station would be understood if used within context, but filling station can also be used for a place where pretty much anything is bulk filled, including flagons full of beer. Pretty much the same thing here in Britland, too, I think.

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In typical Oz style, we have the Servo. Most other terms are uncommon.


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I'm usually west of the mississippi and I say gas station most often, unless I'm paying way too much for milk at the same time and then I call it a Convenience store.


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> In typical Oz style, we have the Servo. Most other terms are uncommon.

In what part of Oz do you refer to them as "servos"? I use "petrol station" or "service station". Although, as someone pointed out, "service station" is an ironic term in these days of self service.

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In what part of Oz do you refer to them as "servos"?

In the 20-30 years part. And in Adelaide.


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Thinking about it I reckon I would say:

"I need some petrol, I'm off to the garage."

"Which one?"

"I'll go to the Shell/Esso/Total (whatever) garage."

On a Motorway I would refer to the Motorway Services or perhaps Motorway Service Station. They are rest stops with eating facilities, shops etc as well as petrol.

I would'nt speak of petrol station or filling station, the context would make it clear I was going to the garage for petrol. I am making this personal here because maybe younger drivers or drivers from other parts of the UK have different usages. We have absorbed so much Australian and American phraseology, some appealing some not.

The word station, I think, we reserve pretty much for train and bus stations and until relatively recently it would have been only trains. Buses would be found at the bus depot.





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