Date: Sat, 23 Apr 1994 07:06:07 -0400 From: "Connie C. Eble" Subject: basement In New Orleans in the 1940s, elementary school children called the bathroom basement. We had the girls' basement and the boys' basement. Even though the school didn't have a basement, these facilities were located on the lowest level of the school, in the rear, beneath the two stair wells. My colleague Bill Harmon, who was growing up in Concord, North Carolina at the same time, says that in his school there were even upstairs basements and downstaris basements. Connie Eble