Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 07:01:04 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?
what room it's in: "bathroom sink" or "kitchen sink." I would have assumed
this is a Southern thing, but maybe it's Midwestern; we're sort of on the
linguistic cusp here.
After sending my posting earlier saying that "lavatory" is much more
common than "bathroom sink," I started thinking that maybe that's no
longer true -- that maybe it's an age thing and that younger people say
"bathroom sink" more often. Having never thought much about it before,
all I can say for sure is that I, a 53-year-old native Mississippian,
have always said "lavatory" for the bathroom fixture and "sink" for the
same fixture in the kitchen and that I've heard "bathroom sink" but
never "kitchen lavatory."
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)