Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 12:17:34 -0500 From: Elizabeth Gregory Subject: Lexical choice? -Reply Today I have to do the laundry. and sometimes, more generically, Today I have to do laundry. But it seems that, to refer to this activity, "washing clothes" is more natural to me than "doing laundry." Born 1962, Montgomery, Alabama Elizabeth Gregory Assistant Professor and Extension Communications Specialist Texas Agricultural Extension Service Texas A&M University