pipe water

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Aug 2 11:56:27 UTC 2012

On 8/2/12 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:20:33 -0400
> From:    James Harbeck<jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
> Subject: pipe water
> I was at a catered party this evening, and one of the guys at the bar referred to what I have always called "tap water" as "pipe water." I don't recall hearing that before (that doesn't mean I haven't, of course); I'm wondering if it's better known in some regions than in others, or whether it's more of an idiolectic or even nonce usage.
> James Harbeck.
The only "pipe water" I know of refers to water used in a water pipe
(bong, hookah, etc.). Using "pipe" for "tap" is interesting.

---Amy West

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