There are 3 messages totalling 82 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. lavatory (2) 2. Webliography ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 06:01:03 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: lavatory isn't it weird how whenever we discuss a word, it comes up in my sunday newspaper? this week in the "letter from new york" column (by tony allen-mills) i the london _sunday times_, the focus was on children in the u.s. engaging in civil lawsuits. here's the quote: there was the case of philip garner, 10, who is suing his land- lord for $100 000 for the trauma he suffered when the lavatory in his Bronx apartment exploded. now, does anyone know what the reference of "lavatory" is here? the sink or the toilet? not sure if the wording reflects the bronx location of the lavatory or the presumably british dialect of the writer. certainly, it would be more traumatic to me if the toilet exploded (and it seems more likely a thing for a toilet to do), but this interpretation is in conflict with the restricted sense "bathroom sink" that's been widely reported. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- D. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA