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The hooters, the honkers and the yawners

Updated on June 11, 2019

London, 1970: Very little honking or hooting on the roads, peaceful, serene.

London 1980: Every one honking on the roads, its noise pollution, the city is going mad, busy roads like Oxford Street, or Edgeware Road.

Explanation, many foreigners came to reside in the British city, and everyone brought their honking culture with them, probably to the quite sedate Britons, though don't take my word for it.

If you come from a honking culture, it's ok, you get used to it. If you don't come from such a culture, and move around the road with little use of the car horn, then it really becomes very irritating. Noise pollution on the roads.

Unless I am very much mistaken, in the British countryside as opposed to London there is very little need to beep at every turning, on every traffic light or around every curve. A very good way is to use your indicators.

Jordan 1970: Honking, hooting everywhere, it's part of the daily living.

Jordan 1980: The hooting situation bamboozles, spiraling in the air as if it is nobody's business, and everyone's business.

Today, the hooting situation is far worse simply because of the plenty of cars on streets, and in roads built for a much pleasanter, quieter era where vehicles were a lot less in number.

Of course everyone hoots today, its nearly the next best thing to an indicator. In fact very few people use indicators, as if they are something foreign and nasty, and not to be touched!

The beep is an expected thing on Jordan's roads, everyone uses to it and has got used it. If no one horns, many would think something is wrong.

There are short tingly horns, you make as part of the scenery of the road, a small honk per 100 yards or so, as if it is scintillating background music.

There is a little muffled honk as if somebody had a pillow on it, if you want to overtake—it's being courteous.

Then there is the cracker, a short sharp, shrill, honking, or horning at the very best! You know the one that makes you jump of your seat, and then sit down.

The latter is frequently heard, especially at traffic jams, and there seems to be a lot these days. Cars are increasing by the day, and almost likely to increase few down the road. God help us when we reach a jam lock situation when cars start moving in inches, which is already happening by the way.

All way can say the honkers are in our midst, and are increasing daily. What get's as well as there are plenty of laws against noise but nobody seems to care!


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    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      7 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I think yes, good expression driving me up the wall, its been a while since I heard it! cheers

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Originally I'm from England and live in London. I never heard cars honking, thank goodness. I think your city would drive me up the wall.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      7 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Well, I am glad there is someone like us. But the fact is I think a lot of countries around the world are like us. Its nice to be part of a whole race of honkers.

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      7 years ago

      I visit the Caribbean quite often and honking is a way to say hello. It's maddening.


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