Date: Sat, 21 Oct 1995 17:07:47 -0400
From: Charity Stafford cls[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WORLD.STD.COM
Subject: Re: Scrap Basket
In Memphis this week a person asked a clerk in a drug store if she had a
scrap basket. The clerk didn't understand the question until another
customer said, "She means a waste basket. Somebody else said, "It's been a
long time since I have heard 'scrap basket.'" I knew the meaning by the
context, but I don't know that I can remember hearing "scrap basket"
before. Is it widely used? (_American Heritage_ defines it as "For the
collection or disposal of scrap.") GWW
Hmm. I would assume a "scrap basket" to be a basket (or
generic description applied to some other container,
possibly) for SEWING scraps - odds and ends of fabric for
patchwork, doll clothes, other small projects. As in the
traditional patchwork pattern, "Basket of Scraps," actually.
(native - more or less - Bostonian)