Do New Yorkers Stand ‘In’ Line or ‘On’ Line at a Register?
This really could be one of the biggest arguments since the Upstate New York Line.
If I learned one thing in my short time in New York it's that New Yorkers love to argue. The latest debate I have come across in the Hudson Valley hit me at the grocery store the other day.
I need to know something. Do you stand "in line" or "on line" when you're waiting at to check out at a register?
I asked my wife on the phone where she was and she responded by saying that she was on line waiting to pay for her items. This absolutely perplexed me. I've never heard this before. Is this an east coast thing or just a New York thing?
Do you really stand "on line" while waiting? How does this make any sense? There's no physical line. I suppose if there were a line taped on the floor and she were standing on it then she she'd be standing on line but when is that a thing? Maybe since they started to enforce social distancing regulations at stores by putting stickers on the ground maybe we do stand on line these days.
It's hard for me to concede to the idea. Maybe I'm just set in my ways at this point. My argument is that you're standing in a formed line. So, you are obviously standing in line. It makes sense, right?
Where do you stand in this debate? Are you "in" or "on" the line?