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An airstrip is not a strip of air. Nor is an airstrip a striptease performed by a stripper in midair, such as, say, on from a trapeze. Contrary to what you might think based on the word alone; an airstrip is not in the air at all. It is a runway resting firmly on the […]


An airplane is a transportation vehicle that flies through the air. In Britain an airplane is often called an aeroplane because the British like to be different. Unless you are an infant or you are living in an incredibly remote area that hasn’t had any contact with the outside world, you don’t need me to […]


An airliner is a passenger plane operated by an airline. At least, that’s what my dictionary tells me but, at least in my circles*, the word airliner rarely used these days? I don’ know about you, but I usually say plane or airplane rather than airliner. I seem to vaguely recall airliner being used in […]

air lane

An air lane is the course regularly followed by airplanes. It’s probably just because I’m not now, nor have I ever been a pilot, but the fact that there are air lanes has always seemed bizarre to me. Airplanes fly through the air. It’s not as if they need to follow a well-maintained roadway. I […]


Despite what it might sound like, an airfield is not a field somewhere in the atmosphere above ground-level. If, based on the word’s constituent parts, air and field, that’s what you thought it meant then I strongly recommend that you consider honing your critical thinking skills, right after you get some. What the hell would […]


Huh. The British spell airplane as aeroplane, or so my dictionary tells me. I never knew that. I’d seen the word before, but I always assumed that aeroplane was simply an old spelling that went out of fashion long ago. If the dictionary is correct, then an example of a word that we Canadians use […]