Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 13:55:57 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: bougainvillea > Why not just look it up in a dictionary? It was not in my class set of dictionaries. Not having a clue of what it meant, I thought it was more specialized. I could have driven a few miles to the closest OED, but am glad that I didn't. 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! Thank you all for your responses. I have printed all of them for my student who brought me the question. He too was very impressed with your answers. Thanks again, Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]