Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 17:43:39 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: bougainvillea

On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:

Why not just look it up in a dictionary?

It was not in my class set of dictionaries.

It was in the first three desk dilctionaries that I looked at. You need

to get better "class . . . dictionaries"!

I could have driven a few miles to the closest OED, but am glad that I didn't.

I recommend the boxed micro version of the OED. It is cheap; in fact, I

got mine free when I joined soe book club. It is quite helpful.

These responses were very interesting. After the first few

responses, I thought I had a good understanding of the plant. Now,

from all of the responses that followed, we all know quite a bit

more. I found it particularly interesting how the same word meant

such different things to different people. Such is language!

Or rather maybe "such is people."