Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 12:47:41 -0500 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" 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'. Sali. ******************************************************************* Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Chicago 312-702-8531; FAX 312-702-9861 Department of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 *******************************************************************