Do You Stand "In Line" or "On Line"

I am a native Californian, born and bred within the fine city of Los Angeles. During my travels to different places around the country and the world I have had to wait to get on planes, into movies, walk through airport security and been a member of lines to get into any number of places.

Most of the time I have had to wait “in-line” in spite of the attempts of some people to get me to wait “on-line” but I most definitely have never been part of the queue.

I have to say that I just don’t like the term, “on-line” that is. When it comes to having to wait to enter somewhere it just feels awkward and unnatural to say that I am waiting “on-line” unless of course I am surfing the net.

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  1. Batya December 9, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    get in line
    stand on line
    and now I’m online…

  2. Jack's Shack August 10, 2005 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Steg,

    I have only heard it used by Easterners.

  3. Steg (dos iz nit der Å¡teg) August 10, 2005 at 2:21 pm

    “On line” is supposed to be a New York City area thing.

  4. phantom June 26, 2005 at 2:46 pm

    The only time i heard the phrase ‘on-line'(besides the web) was in an army flick where recruits had to stand in formation on a white marking on the ground.

    p.s. I hate lines and would only stand in one at gunpoint.

  5. Jack's Shack June 26, 2005 at 6:35 am

    I know that clump, been there, done that. It can be kind of wacky.

  6. Gavriel June 25, 2005 at 10:44 pm

    I was raised to say “in-line”. But since moving to “me acharon” Israel, there’s no longer a line to be in, just a clump of people jockeying for position.

    I have heard people say on-line, I just can’t figure out where they got it.

  7. Workman Chronicles June 25, 2005 at 2:53 am

    “On line…”

    Isn’t that a Jersey thing?

    As a comedian once said…what did cavemen wait in (on) before lines were invented?

    *Morris Workman

  8. Jack's Shack June 24, 2005 at 7:00 am

    That is kind of interesting.

  9. Neil June 24, 2005 at 6:10 am

    Maybe I had a weird family upbringing, but I will say I am “in line” at a bank, but “on line” at a movie theater, the only difference being that the bank is a chore and the movie line is part of a social outing.

  10. Jack's Shack June 23, 2005 at 4:14 pm

    Here in LA it is IN Line as well.

  11. Z June 23, 2005 at 2:37 pm

    In Pittsburgh we wait IN LINE. We may have problems when it’s slippy outside and we may have to run inside in our tenners to red up the place and we always shop with a buggy and carry laundry in bushels…but regardless…we’re IN LINE.

  12. Michael June 23, 2005 at 2:26 pm

    New Yorker here, In Line. On Line is the internet.

    maybe they have dial-up.

    Take Care

  13. Stacey June 23, 2005 at 2:08 pm

    Definitely in-line. On-line makes no sense to me. You are in it, not on it.

    Where do they say on-line?

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