Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 20:45:28 -0400

From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" mlee[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CS.HAMPTONU.EDU

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