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    i know of no end of people who refer to synthetic tracks as tartan (lower-case).

    Wiki backs me up

    << Because the "Tartan" brand name was the first and was widely successful in its time, the name Tartan has incorrectly become a genericized trademark for an all-weather running track.[1][2][3]>>

    I don't call that clueless writing at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    i know of no end of people who refer to synthetic tracks as tartan (lower-case).
    A related case: using the word "dirt" for all non-synthetic surfaces. :cry:
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    these days, in everyday conversation I'd definitely use "dirt"; and I guess I'd use "synthetic," although I certainly used tartan as my go-to for years after they quit being a major player.
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    My default is "cinder".
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    I think "Tartan" is to track as "Kleenex" is to tissue.
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    What about the hyperbole rolled out when a footballer shows a slight burst of speed?:

    http://deadspin.com/gareth-bale-is-the- ... 1564008379

    "Fastest man alive"??
    "Olympics speed"?? :roll: :roll:
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    Weird, I've rarely heard a track referred to as tartan. Usually it's "all-weather" or "rubber". Anything not "rubber" is probably "dirt"
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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower
    Weird, I've rarely heard a track referred to as tartan. Usually it's "all-weather" or "rubber". Anything not "rubber" is probably "dirt"

    In the infancy of non-cinder tracks in the very early 60's, " all-weather" was the name of choice.
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    AS, when I saw Gareth Bale's goal, one of my thoughts was wondering what he could do on the track (and for how long). Maybe the most amazing thing about it was that the ref didn't whistle a foul, but let the play continue on. And to think that he'll probably never get to play in the World Cup or the Euros because Wales just isn't good enough.
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    Here's a beauty about that neophyte Duane Solomon, from U-T San Diego, reporting on Mt SAC:

    "Duane Solomon hasn't been to the Olympics, but he won the men's 800 in a meet record 1:43.88, which also put him in the world lead."

    Possibly the best mark of the meet was seriously under-reported in all the Eaton-hype. Also nice to see Sowinski finally starting to translate all that indoor 600 prowess to outdoors.
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