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Old 08-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RedDevil View Post
Like the instrument panel, which we in Holland call the dashboard (literally)?
So do people in the US call it a dashboard, though often shortened to "dash".

As for parking/emergency brake, I think what we're seeing here is a bit of history embedded in language. Once upon a time, when the standard brakes were much less reliable than nowadays, it literally was a secondary brake intended for emergency use, rather than for parking. (Cars were left in 1st gear when parked.)
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