Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 05:27:46 -0800
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?
As a kid in NJ 1944-1953 I could never get straight the difference between
lavatory and laboratory, so I always called it a sink. The only people I
ever heard use the term lavatory were teachers, and they usualy used it as a
euphemism for bathroom. If you think of a laboratory as a place where
(work)labor is performed and lavatory for washing
it is easier for a kid to comprehend. I just figured it out, I think.
Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word
Coconut grove, FL
crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ix.netcom.com
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 ,
has (hissy?) fits when he calls it a lavatory. I think I originally learned
lavatory as fancy euphemism for "bathroom", but my recollections are too
dim to be sure, though I do recall some confusion over what the term exactly
denoted. Does DARE find a regional difference here, or a chronological one?
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)