Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 06:06:48 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: 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 ,
While we're waiting for the word from DARE, I'll speak up to say that I'm
with your colleague from N. Alabama: the bathroom fixture you wash your
hands in is the lavatory.
has (hissy?) fits when he calls it a lavatory. I think I originally learned
Interesting. Does he have a hissy when she calls it a "wash basin"? I
don't know that I'd have a hissy, but I think I'd smile at what strikes
my ears as a quaint expression.
Something I've wondered about before is why calling the lavatory "the
bathroom sink" is ok (although "lavatory" is much more common) while you
would never call the kitchen sink a "lavatory." Kitchens have sinks;
bathrooms have lavatories. Lavatories can be called sinks; sinks can't
be called lavatories.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)