April 13, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
Is there a usable generic language or set of instructions for giving directions? Regardless of country language or dialect. Directions that are simple, direct and unambiguous. Ie the way to the bank is up the road for five minutes and then go down to my right. Is that up a hill? Down a hill after turning right? How far up the road do i go? Until i start coming down again? Thank you.
posted by terminus to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Some people give directions by landmarks often digressing on the way. I always end up confused. Often right and lefts are confused. My left. Your left? Distances are exaggerated and confused. My ten minutes is another persons five. If three people try to give directions at once then you might as well go home if you can find it.
I am looking for a concise way to give directions that we can all adopt. If one doesn't exist then perhaps we could start something. My criteria is
This has been bugging me for years