Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 11:43:50 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: Re: Ground for Floor "Margaret G. Lee -English" asks >>> 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 ? <<< A long time ago, at least in some localities. I remember being irritated with my grandmother when she said it, and she died maybe fifteen years ago. But I'm thinking about exchanges during my childhood or teen years, during the '50s and '60s, and Nana was born about 1892. -- But maybe it's spreading now. -- Mark This document was created by voice with Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking.