Where did this use of the term "dead end" come from? It seems to be a Midwestern, if not strictly Toledo, vernacular. But it's wrong. A street ending at a "T" intersection is not a dead end. If anything, it's a "live" end.
The picture here, from the Swanton area, shows what a dead end really is. It's a road that ends with no intersection, no turnaround -- it just stops. Even a cul-de-sac isn't truly a dead end.
I'm probably not going to bring a dead end to the term's misuse, but really, if there's an intersection, it's not a dead end.
Can anyone tell me how this particular usage ever got started?