Meaningless Arguments #3: What is the Difference Between a Room and a Hallway?

Part 2

Welcome back to Meaningless Arguments, where Thomas Stone (class of 2019) and I get pedantic over minutia that only said minutia’s mother would care about.

⍚: This symbol is used when we want to interrupt each other.

Adam: Last part, I attempted to ask the following question. “Can a room lose its property of being a hallway during its existence?”

Thomas: Not in an abstract sense, as we are discussing what makes a hallway a hallway, or whether or not you are Mr. Existentialist. It is important to remember that, though the words may change, our concept of a hallway does not. A room that connects rooms together is that specific kind of room referred to by the combination of sounds known as “hallway.”

A: But if a room changes so that it no longer fulfills the definition of a hallway, can it not become something other than a hallway?

T: So if an architectural change means it no longer connects rooms together and adopts a new function, then it is no longer a hallway, as its function is not a hallway’s function.

A: Excellent. I simply wanted to clarify. So what exactly is our current definition?

T: A hallway is a specialized room, almost its own thing, that has the specialized purpose of connecting rooms and hallways.

A: Need a hallway be considered a variety of room itself? I’d imagine that the two are separate entities. Such as the dining room, family room, sitting room, and many others are referred to as “room,” therefore the hallway is not a room.

T: The two are almost different, indeed perhaps my point made in Part One needs revision. I suggest three new differences: a hyper-room, which is an almost separate thing from both, and is simply the overall concept of an area designated on a floor to hold a function. A room, which is a specialized hyper-room with specific localized function, and finally, a hall, which is a hyper-room designated for translocal function, in other words, going from one room to another. A hallway is a type of hall.

A: What do you mean by “hall,” exactly?

T: A hall and a hallway are almost the same thing, and might be, but at the same time, a hall is slightly different than what we think of as a hallway. That aside, a hall’s function is to connect and provide a path for transportation, and, though it is more specific than that, I will revise three points to highlight the difference. First, hyper-rooms pertain to an architectural structure, not necessarily a single floor. Second, a hall could be multiple stories. Third, despite that, a hallway must be single-storied. Upon reflection, I realize that hallways are usually referred to as being single-storied structures. In light of this, I propose that “true hallways” are the only hallways, and that all other hallways are halls but not hallways.

A: Okay. Is a staircase a type of hall, then? It certainly is not what you call a “hallway.”

T: No. A lone staircase is more of its own type of hyper-room with the purpose of connecting floors. That said, a hall can contain stairs if it is a multi-story hall.

A: Would an example of a multi-story hall be a tiered concert hall?

T: Yes. After all, it is a concert “hall.” Another good example is in big fancy corporations and colleges: a multi-tiered entryway connecting several hallways and floors together, with desks and such scattered throughout.

A: You claim that a staircase is not a hallway. But do both ends of the staircase not feature rooms?

T: A staircase is definitely not a hallway, as a hallway are single storied, yet it⍚

A: Why must a hallway be single-storied? Because you said so?

T: It is logical that, as there is now a difference between hall and hallway, what was called a ‘true hallway’ becomes the only hallway, as it best fit to the occupation it has as discussed in Part One.

A: It seems you are begging the question. You say that a hallway must be single-storied. Your reason is that you said earlier that a ⍚

T: I draw your attention to this passage from Part One in the discussion of what is a “true hallway.” “Its single-story elongated design easily allows for transport and segmentation.

A: However, we never agreed on this point. The only purpose citing your own statement can have is to further emphasize the fact that your argument is baseless.

T: My point is a logical simple one, what I called a “true hal⍚

A: We are not discussing, specifically, the definition of what you consider a “true hallway,” but rather what, in general, a room and hallway are.

T: I draw your attention to my point here: “In light of this, I propose that ‘true hallways’ are the only hallways, and that all other hallways are halls but not hallways.” If you have an issue with my definition of “hall,” this is a good starting point; otherwise, you are arguing about something from the previous part which you have not tried to argue about yet.

A: I wish to propose a counter-definition. The hallway refers to the walkway by which people and objects traverse.

T: To use a counter you used on me; what about your kitchen? Many rooms lead to other rooms and could be used as a walkway by someone who does not often use that room.

A: Perhaps I was unclear. The hallway resides within a structure I, for simplicity’s sake, will call a “roomoid,” which serves to connect two or more rooms.

T: Is that definition really a counter? We both agree that a hallway is for walking. I am simply applying more gradients to it, from a more general hall to a hallway.

With that, the Part 2 of “What is the Difference between a Room and a Hallway?” concludes. This argument will continue – and resolve – in Part 3! We’ll see you then.

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