grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Fri Feb 6 05:20:56 UTC 2004
When I was growing up in the Washington, D.C. area (1946-1964), fireplug was standard. My mother (b. 1920), who lived in D.C. all her life, says fire plug. We also said "fire hydrant" or just "hydrant".
My mother-in-law (b. 1931) has lived in the Philadelphia area all her life [both parents ware born in England]. I think she is more inclined to say "fire hydrant", though "fire plug" would not seem strange here. It doesn't come up in conversation a lot.
Upper Darby, PA (just outside Philly)
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