Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 10:22:24 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Wayne's response to my question about correcting "dorm" to "residence
hall raises fascinating issues. Wayne said:
" ... students are told that they live in residence halls, not dorms.
Dorms are places that don't matter to the people. ... "
I just checked my online AHD and discovered the ff:
1. A room providing sleeping quarters for a number of persons.
2. A building for housing a number of persons, as at a school or resort.
3. A residential community whose inhabitants commute to a nearby metropolis
for employment and recreation.
A residential hall IS a dorm.
Even our elected officials have the good sense to consult a dictionary
when they cannot decide whether "will" and "shall" are sometimes
interchangeable (see p. 1 of the NYTimes yesterday).
dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]utk.edu