Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 12:39:34 -0500

From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU

Subject: Re: Lexical choice?

I "do laundry."

My mother, incidentally, used to "do the wash."

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

P.S. Am I the only one here who says "wash clothes" instead of "to the

laundry/wash/whatever"?? I have never thought of this as an idiolectal

habit. I thought it was "normal."

That reminds me of the phrase my mother used to use for grocery shopping:


No one I know now uses this phrase.

Anyone heard it?

(My mother was born and raised in Baltimore, 1946. I've lived in

and around Chicago my whole life.)

Kathleen M. O'Neill

Language Laboratory Technician I

University of Illinois at Chicago