Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 21:48:32 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Lavatory = ?
Ignore this if it has come up before, but one of my colleagues, from N.
Alabama, notes that the bathroom fixture he washed his hands in was a
lavatory , but his wife (from NYC), for whom this is a wash basin ,
has (hissy?) fits when he calls it a lavatory. I think I originally learned
lavatory as fancy euphemism for "bathroom", but my recollections are too
dim to be sure, though I do recall some confusion over what the term exactly
denoted. Does DARE find a regional difference here, or a chronological one?
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)