Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 10:43:56 -0400
From: Brenda Lester brenles[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CODY.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
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.