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if you lived in NYC, wouldn't a block be the distance on 2nd Ave between 9th and 10th street, or if you were on a street, say 23rd, between 7th and 8th Ave?
So,what is a blockhead?
In films and books I often see reference to " a couple of blocks away".So, for this poor old Limey. just how far is a block? 50 yards, 100 yards?
How long is a piece of string?
In the strictest sense, it is 1/8 mile.
Thanks BobbyR, you saved me the trouble of looking up the exact numbers. When your in Manhattan and you say it's 5 blocks, people will ask whether you mean crosstown. It's a big difference - crosstown 5 blocks is a mile, going north/south would only be a 1/4 mile.And to make it worse in the winter the wind on the crosstown blocks is at least 4 times as worse. Brrrr....
A country mile is the same distance as "over yonder" and "up the road a piece".
Quote from: DammitDan on November 11, 2009, 07:31:26 PMA country mile is the same distance as "over yonder" and "up the road a piece".Which doesn't really matter, because you can't get there from here.