_ash pit_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 19 21:21:33 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> an _ash pit_ outside

Victor, do you know what an "ash pit" is? Ash pits were typical of the
Saint Louis cityscape, when I lived there. But, since leaving there,
I've found no one not also from StL who had any idea what an "ash pit"
is. Because, in StL, anyway, an ash _pit_ is not, by any stretch of
the imagination, an actual pit, I've never been able to be certain
that my attempts to tell people what an "ash pit" is have succeeded.

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