Date: Sat, 30 Sep 1995 00:56:35 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Stove/Range 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 vine). Alice Faber 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???