End of ADS-L Digest - 3 Oct 1995 to 4 Oct 1995 ********************************************** There are 29 messages totalling 615 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Lexical choice? (8) 2. Laying Out: Hookey or Tanning? 3. green/string beans (4) 4. icebox and upstate (3) 5. Upstate 6. contributing to discussions (2) 7. Lexical choice? -Reply 8. Re(2): Fastest word to dictionaries (was Re: Origin of 'AIDS' 9. Hello (3) 10. pronunciation note 11. Another Lexical Item (3) 12. Gold Wave ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 05:05:34 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: Lexical choice? > For me, it's 'do the laundry.' Out of curiosity, Natalie, what would you > say if you had sheets, towels etc to wash ,as well? I would still say "wash clothes" -- unless I had some reason to specify the specific nature of what I was washing. I might, for example, say something like "Now that all my houseguests have finally left, I have to wash a ton of sheets and towels." But I would normally just say "I have to wash clothes." Sort of like I might specify for some reason that I'm about to go get a Pepsi, although I normally would just say "a coke." --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu) 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."