meiou_set (meiou_set) wrote in linguaphiles,
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How common is the term "road atlas" in American English?

I know it's marketed (google brings me several examples), but I really don't hear it very often in the American media I consume (I'm in my twenties, from the US).

Usually I hear "map"/"road maps" a lot more, even though the person who I'm discussing the term with says that the association she gets is of a map being limited to one area while a road atlas covers much more.

My own association is "atlas" referring to those aerial maps of the world.

I was educated in the northeast though, is it possible it's more prevalent elsewhere (in the midwest/west maybe where there's more of a driving culture)? Or is it more likely it's not a commonly used term by my age group?
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