Monday, 1 December 2014

Fagburn: Is At The Beach

Laters. x


  1. You might be AT the seaside, but surely you're ON the beach, but shirley?

    1. Hilariously, I vacillated about at/on the beach for hours. x

  2. Hmm... "On the beach" merely indicates location. "At the beach" also says something about what you are doing there--you're there because you want to be there, for recreation and/or fun. Also, duration is involved. If my cross-country route takes me along the beach for 100 yards, we wouldn't say I was at the beach today. If I lay for hours sunbathing and/or ogling the talent, I was at the beach.
    (Philosophical Investigations, 265)

    But possibly "at the beach" is more American...