Is there a synonym for cul-de-sac, perhaps one which does not sound French?

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    Google gives meWikipedia as a first link, which mentions dead end (British, Canadian, American, South African English, and Australian English), closed, no through road (British, Canadian, and Australian English), no exit (New Zealand English) or court (Australian English). Are those too French-sounding?
    – oerkelens
    Feb 2, 2015 at 13:50
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    I love the fact that a cul-de-sac in French is "une voie sans issue" Feb 2, 2015 at 13:55
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    Tolkien offered Bag End in The Hobbit: see lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Bag_End
    – anemone
    Feb 2, 2015 at 14:58
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    @HotLicks Cul-de-sac (16th Pl N) vs. dead end (21st St N) and the distinction has been well-understood everywhere I've lived, which is mostly not-so-hoity-toity places in the U.S.
    – choster
    Feb 2, 2015 at 23:21
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    @choster - Which is another point -- many people take "cul-de-sac" to mean a circular drive (or at least a drive with a circle at the end).
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 2, 2015 at 23:31

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Nope. That's why we use cul-de-sac. "Dead-End" doesn't quite fit the bill because, while all cul-de-sacs are dead-ends, not all dead-ends are cul-de-sacs. (US)

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    Surely there’s nothing wrong with Old Bag End, now is there, @OldBag? :)
    – tchrist
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:33
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    "The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it[...]"?
    – user98955
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:50

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