from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who stands still on the left of an escalator impeding those wanting to move more quickly (often the right of the escalator is for standing and the left is for walking).


Coined by the Washington DC metro from escal(ator) + left + -er. (Wiktionary)


  • Learned a new D. C.-only term today from Beyond DC: “escalefter” – as in those people who stand on the left instead of the right, as Metro escalator etiquette calls for.

    Popsicles & escalefters: 5 fun blog posts


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