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I hear in the radio an accident happened to someone (car hit him). He victim said he will not " J walk" again. What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly.
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Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to someone (car hit him). He victim said he will not " J walk" again. What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly. Thanks

The term "jaywalk" means to cross the street anywhere except in a designated crosswalk.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to someone (car hit him). He victim said he will not " J walk" again. What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly.

Try "jaywalk" and you'll find ": to cross a street carelessly or at an unusual or inappropriate place or in a dangerous or illegal direction so as to be endangered by the traffic" (W3NID). The "jay" is after the blue jay, a bird, also called "2 : ROAD MONKEY" (W3NID).

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Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to ... does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly. Thanks

The term "jaywalk" means to cross the street anywhere except in a designated crosswalk.

Or cross on a designated crosswalk but not at the designated time, i.e. when the DON'T WALK sign (BrE: "lickle red man") is lit or is there another word for that?

Ross Howard
Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to ... What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly.

Try "jaywalk" and you'll find ": to cross a street carelessly or at an unusual or inappropriate place or in ... by the traffic" (W3NID). The "jay" is after the blue jay, a bird, also called "2 : ROAD MONKEY" (W3NID).

Ho kay, I was only wondering about this the other day; I think it was just after I'd nearly killed the guy who got out of a van, crossed the road I was driving along in front of me, got halfway over, changed his mind and went back again...
I'd always guessed it was J walk, suggesting an erratic path like someone walking the outline of a letter J. Perfectly happy to hear it's the Blue jay, but why? Are they known for wandering aimlessly about in the middle of the road? Any ornithological input very welcome...
Hares are out and about here in the Peak. Driving home this morning one jumped out of the hedge and ran ahead of us down the road for about a quarter of a mile.
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Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to someone (car hit him). He victim said he will not " J walk" again. What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly.

(COD11)
jaywalk
· v. (chiefly N. Amer.) walk in or across a road without regard for approaching traffic.
– DERIVATIVES jaywalker n.
– ORIGIN C20: from jay in the colloq. sense ‘silly person’ + walk.

(MWCD11)
Main Entry:jaywalk
Function:intransitive verb
Date:1919
to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic
–jaywalker noun
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The term "jaywalk" means to cross the street anywhere except in a designated crosswalk.

Or cross on a designated crosswalk but not at the designated time, i.e. when the DON'T WALK sign (BrE: "lickle red man") is lit or is there another word for that?

That's jaywalking in the broader sense.
BTW, jaywalking is illegal in Seattle (25th Largest City in America), and supposedly they actually enforce the law (but I've never been caught (= SparkE "cot")).
When Rudolph Giuliani (a Republican) was mayor of New York (LCIA), he made an unsuccessful attempt to enforce New York's jaywalking laws, and was attacked as a 'fascist' for doing so. Interesting to see two left-wing-culture cities with such different experiences of jaywalking.
The term "jaywalk" means to cross the street anywhere except in a designated crosswalk.

The point is that in some N.American cities
it is a misdemeanour (petty crime) to cross
the street anywhere except at the corner of
a block.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
Richard Fontana:
BTW, jaywalking is illegal in Seattle (25th Largest City in America), and supposedly they actually enforce the law ... When ... was attacked as a 'fascist' for doing so. Interesting to see two left-wing-culture cities with such different experiences of jaywalking.

Indeed, this one is more of a left-coast vs. right-coast thing than left-wing vs. right-wing. I remember seeing statistics some years ago of the number of tickets issued for pedestrian offenses in a year. From memory, Toronto and New York both had numbers in the neighborhood of 1,000 to 2,000, tickets generally being issued only in case of an actual accident, or something like that. Chicago, 0. And for Los Angeles... 40,000.

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