Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 23:34:03 -0700
From: William King WFKING[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?
My understanding of lavatory is first a euphemism for bathroom, but
usually in a public place. The NYC image I have of lavatory is a small
room with a porcelain sink possibly removed by another architecturally
separated area from the toilet and/or tub. This is not a new sink. It
is an old one with spoke-handled faucets topped with a chrome "H" or
"C", or if older, a porcelain "hot" or "cold". Whether this is a NYC
term or just an older, NE, urban (relatively speaking) term is beyond me.
Older apartments had separated sinks, the kind with three overflow drain
holes at the rear of the basin beneath the faucets. Such a sink could
be found in isolation in an apartment or house as a wash-up location.
Large basins where workers could wash up after a shift were provided
in factories where there were no showers available. I don't know what
these were actually called.
A wash basin to me is a deep, rectangular sink intended for washing clothes
or perhaps pots.
When my resident NYC informant is available, I'll ask her about this.
By the way, I had no idea re hissy fit before she quoted someone from
greater NYC, but she never uses it. Is this another chronologically
Bill King U. of Arizona SLAT Program