Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 10:43:56 -0400 From: Brenda Lester Subject: Re: Ground for Floor I'm plowing through George Eliot's _Mill on the Floss_ (1860), in which the floor is always referred to as the ground. On Wed, 16 Jul 1997, Peggy Smith wrote: > There are many expressions that have worked their way into the language > which use the word ground. The meaning is closer to bottom, foundation, > or base, rather than outside dirt layer of earth. For example: > ground floor= walk-in level of a building, ground zero, proving ground, > playground, testing ground, high ground, low ground... These are a few > off the top of my head. > > P. Smith >