Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 10:42:28 CDT From: Mike Picone Subject: Re: zinc I'm curious. Does _zinc_ in New Orleans refer to the sink or counter- top or both? In France, since 1877, _zinc_ has been used to refer to counter-tops (originally metal) in bars. Since N.O. society was still in relation with France at that time (though, admittedly, this link was already declining), I'm just wondering if there isn't some semantic overlap going on that would facilitate the appearance of _zinc_ in various acceptations. Mike Picone University of Alabama MPICONE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UA1VM.UA.EDU