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When do the English say 'Up the street' and when 'Down the street'?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is strange to understand. It depends on which way the person saying is sees the street. They think of one way as up and one way as down.

    So on the down they say 'John lives down the street.'

    It is just one of those strange things. Hard to explain really.

    Tell you a joke: Did you know it only rain 'up' in Scotland.

    The above is because Scotland is up going north from England.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It comes from the house numbers which rise (1-3-5-7 etc) as you go up the street and decrease (50-48-46-44 etc ) as you go down the street, if you enter from the other end.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would say up the street is toward house or building no. 1

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  • Hilary
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    1 decade ago

    Wow, I haven't heard 'Up the street' since my gran was alive and that's like 50 years ago. She said it when she was going shopping, that's the only time. Down the street doesn't ring a bell.

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  • 1 decade ago

    normally i think it is north/south, but really i have no idea, we all just know which is which !

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  • 1 decade ago

    or road .. usually if it is on a slope or hill.

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