Date: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 08:13:10 EST From: "Beverly S. Hartford" Subject: Re: "basement" No, it wasn't just Southern. We used it in Northern New England (Maine) I don't know it's origins, though. I don't recall any buildings, private or public where the restrooms were actually in the basements, although I certainly recall quite a few that were outdoors (outhouses). This is about 50 years ago...Bev Hartford (Indiana University)