traffic light changes??

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traffic light changes??

Post by kins_turn » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:48 am

usually, i heard people say 'the traffic light turns green, red or orange. but can we say:-
1. the timing of the traffic light is slow.
2. the traffic light is slow to change its colour.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:36 am

Yes. We'd say:
The timing of the traffic light is slow.
The traffic light is slow to change.
One might say, "What? Is this light waiting for autumn to change with the leaves?"


Red means stop, green means go, and yellow means go a little faster.
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Post by tony h » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:58 pm

As an aside. Some years ago I was wondering why traffic lights were all being changed to incorporate a black back-board in a white frame. I was told it was so that it was easier for colour blind people to identify the lit lights. Apparantly green-red colouyr blindness is the most common and predominantly in men. (Sorry Shelley, is it PC to say "predominantly in men")

The frame provides a reference so that lights can be identified as top, middle and bottom.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:26 pm

Yes, top, middle, and bottom.....so confusing...
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Post by tony h » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:47 am

Ok James, maybe I should have added that: of particular value in unlit areas, the white reflective strip provides, even with the highly directional car headlights, a visual frame that helps to identify the top or bottom position.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:28 pm

That makes sense....and I had to go look to see which color is located where, though I suspect that the colorblind learn real fast......
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:01 pm

Bells and whistles - PC violation.

"The colorblind" Jim? Colour-blind people (or color-blind people, depending on whether your right or left hand is wet).
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Post by Tony Farg » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:53 pm

To be really PC, should we not refer to this minority as "colour partially-sighted"?
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:09 pm

screw pc.
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:04 pm

gdwdwrkr wrote: screw pc.
My sentiments precisely!

I wonder what the definition of non-pc actually is. My offering is “A word or phrase considered to be possibly offensive to a person or group of people who probably couldn’t care less in the first place".
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Post by dalehileman » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:24 pm

Would I be accused of politics if I suggested that the sudden curtailment of the yellow arrow duration was performed by the Establishment to increase the number of tickets issued for "running" a red light, esp at a corner with camera
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Post by tony h » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:34 pm

non PC = Apple Mac.
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Post by hsargent » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:03 pm

We usually have 4 lights down here. The reason is there are two Red lights for redundant safety reasons. So Color blind folks may get confused!
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Post by dalehileman » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:04 pm

tony by smearing or semantic shift isn't PC coming to mean any computer
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Post by JANE DOErell » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:50 pm

(Hopefully TF was being facetious.) The word is dyschromatoptic. The persons who have difficulty with the colors of the traffic lights probably have a form of dichromacy called Daltonism.
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