Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 12:47:41 -0500

From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU

Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?

At 10:11 AM 3/26/96, Tom Creswell wrote:

The euphemisms we learned as children for excretory acts were "NUMBER 1" and

"NUMBER 2." I leave it to those of you who learned other terms to guess

which act each refers to.

When I was doing field work on the Sea Islands near Charleston, SC, I

sometimes spent the night in one of the local Econolodge motels. The toilet

had two flush handles, one for "simple waste" and the other for "complex

waste". I thought that the opposition was stated inadequately, though one

may choose to interpret "complex" in the sense of 'combination'.



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