Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 20:45:28 -0400 From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" Subject: Ground for Floor Has anyone noticed within the last several years that many people refer to the "ground" when they really mean the "floor"? For example, "She dropped the bowl on the ground" (on the kitchen floor). When did *ground* stopped being "terra firma" and started being the inside bottom surface of a room ? Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D. Department of English Hampton University Hampton, VA 23668