Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 09:07:24 EST
From: Robin Garr 76702.764[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM
Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?
Having never thought much about it before,
Why, me, either! :^)
... 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."
I suspect region rather than age, being a native Kentuckian of identical vintage
who has never said "lavatory" for the bathroom fixture. However, your
observation about the null state of "kitchen lavatory" lends credibility to the
premise that the bathroom contains more euphemisms per square foot than any
other room in the house. (For what it's worth, though, we simply called the
toilet "the toilet." For some reason, my mother considered the term "commode"