Date: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 10:03:24 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: "basement" Beverly S.Hartford said: >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) The men's room in our department is in the basement--and, boy, does it stink. I ought to know. My office was next door to it for several years. But we don't call the men's room the basement. No bathroom should be in a basement. Smells and effluent run downhill. Payday's on the 30th. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]