Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 08:54:07 -0800 From: Allen Maberry Subject: Re: Lavatory = ? I'm with Tom. In my family it was always called a WASHBOWL or the BATHROOM SINK. I think "lavatory" was only used in school, and, as Lynne mentioned was the only acceptable term. In a related note, having installed a newer more efficient model, I was giving away the old toilet at a garage sale. At one point someone asked me, "How much for that bathroom?" It didn't register with me immediately and he repeated "I'll take that bathroom over there." I have no idea where he was from originally, but that was a usage I hadn't heard before here in the Northwest. Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] On Tue, 26 Mar 1996, Tom Creswell wrote: > -- [ From: Tom Creswell * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] -- > > I am surprised to learn that none of those responding to this thread use the > terms I have usd all my life. Born in 1920 and raised on south side Chicago > , for me, the hands and face washing utility in what we always called the > BATHROOMis a WASHBOWL. > > The dishwashing utility in the kitchen usually was referred to simply as > the SINK, the context usually making clear that it was the facility in the > kitchen--"Put the dishes in the sink, when you're finished." But we also > had the idiom "Threw everything in but the kitchen sink."Downstairs in the > basement was a LAUNDRY TUB. > > 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. In the Catholic boys school I attended, we asked > permission to "Leave the room," If permission was granted we went to the > "boys bathroom .": > > Tom Creswell >