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" trashy.)