Date: Sat, 30 Sep 1995 00:56:35 -0400
From: ALICE FABER faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Ellen Polsky asked:
| Is the stove/range distinction purely regional, or is there a difference
| in meaning? Also, do those of you living on the East Coast use the term
| "swamp cooler" for an air conditioner-like device that cools using
| water? (It's very popular out here in Colorado.) I use the term "stove"
| exclusively (I come from Philadelphia), but "range" seems to be a much more
| popular term out here.
For me, 'stove' and 'range' refer to different kinds of appliances. A stove
has an oven underneath it, whereas a range doesn't, the oven being mounted on
a wall. I suspect that interior decorator-speak for what I call a range is
'cook top' or some such (I'm drawing a blank right now).
As for swamp coolers and airconditioners, I can't imagine using a swamp cooler
in the humid east. The last thing we need is more humidity in the air in the
summer (as a rule; this summer a little humidity would have been good, if it
had actually brought rain, and my tomatoes wouldn't still be green on the
PS Do I gather from the H****** Oilers comments that Nashville is soon to have
a second professional sports team, alongside the N** J***** Devils???