Date: Sat, 21 Oct 1995 17:07:47 -0400 From: Charity Stafford 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. Charity (native - more or less - Bostonian)