Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Is it Pike or Pipe? Fill in the blank: Something is coming down the _________.

16 comments:

Leslie said...

I've always said "pike" thinking it was coming down the turnpike, I guess. But I have heard a lot of people in meetings lately use "pipe" and I am thoroughly confused and intrigued. I want to know what other people say. Also, I am a *giant* nerd.

Beth R. said...

I would say "pike" or "pipeline" but not "pipe" based purely on what sounds right/wrong.

Dan said...

Pike.

Sean said...

Pike.

Andrew said...

Coming down the Pike (like Rockville Pike or Putnam Pike). Anyone who says "pipe" has something else in mind.

K8 said...

pike. i like to figure out where these expressions originated.

pinchie said...

I've heard and personally used both at random. Now I am confused as well. So I googled it and found this article: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/coming-down-the-pike/

Scottie said...

I had always said "pipe" when I was younger, since there are no pikes on the West Coast. I didn't know what the hell a pike was. Makes much more sense now.

John said...

pike, agree with andrew, pipe is too pornographic

Lisa said...

Pike. Mass Pike/Massachusetts Turnpike - from Stockbridge to Boston.

beenu said...

poop chute.

KP said...

I second Beth R. Pike or pipeline.

Justin said...

Depends on my mood...

Beth said...

I said "pipe" growing up, but then I learned "pike" was correct. But then I thought it was pike as in "spear" and thought it was super morbid. transit reference seems rather tame now.

Anonymous said...

I think it originated as pike, but we say "pipe" down south. On the opposite of that, the idiots on ESPN now say, "Tough ROAD to hoe" when it is "Tough ROW to hoe".

No one hoes roads, but I have definitely hoes rows upon rows of peas, and if you have a lot of weeds, it is damn hard.

Anonymous said...

* hoed