Can you actually steal a street?November 19, 2016 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch12 Comments What’s the most burgled street in Cornwall and how many times have my neighbours been burgled? Then again, not that bright that side of the Tamar, are they? previousLabour to oppose fiscal stimulus through housing repairs for OAPsnextJeez, chill man 12 thoughts on “Can you actually steal a street?” Mr Ecks November 19, 2016 at 9:38 am If you actually knew who your neighbours were then you’d know wouldn’t you? Newquay has been said by some to be at official shithole status for some time. Never been there so I can’t say. Perhaps others can confirm/deny. Thomas Fuller November 19, 2016 at 9:39 am burgle |ˈbəːg(ə)l| verb [ with obj. ] chiefly Brit. enter (a building) illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft: our house in London has been burgled. ORIGIN late 19th cent.: originally a humorous and colloquial back-formation from burglar. So you see, the verb does not mean ‘steal’, and in the realm of newspaperese the usage you mock is not unreasonable. Sorry, Tim. Pendantry turned vertically through 180 degrees! The Meissen Bison November 19, 2016 at 10:21 am If you go west from Devon, you’ve gone too far. Nemo November 19, 2016 at 11:26 am TMB, Indeed: West is Scilly. Rob November 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm Yes, a house is burgled, why not a street? Surreptitious Evil November 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm Yup, was at St Mawgan for a couple of weeks. Newquay seems (on a brief acquaintance) to be very slightly upmarket from Blackpool. But with far too many surfer “dudes”. So Much For Subtlety November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm Rob – “Yes, a house is burgled, why not a street?” Well street names get stolen quite a lot. Abbey Road, of course, used to get stolen so often they stopped replacing it. I believe they only have a sign painted on the wall now. Bloke in Tejas November 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm Way better than “burglarized”…. Mohave Greenie November 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm Yes, yes you can: Russia highway robbery: Official ‘stole 50km road’ – BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35312492 Russia of course! Sandman November 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm Both Tim and the source are wrong. Tim is wrong because burgle does not mean steal. It means entering somewhere without the owners consent with the intention of committing a crime. So the source is also wrong because you don’t typically need consent from the owner of a street to enter it. Potentially you could burgle a private street in limited circumstances.. bloke in spain November 20, 2016 at 4:52 am To be extra-pendantic, if I remember rightly burglary only happens at night. In the daytime it’s called housebreaking. So check your watch if you want to know which crime you’re committing marc November 20, 2016 at 7:35 am Newquay is known as Manchester on Sea and CamborneRedrough (proper pronounciation) there be monsters. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.