I am the Sears Catalog

Tom Kysilko pds at VISI.COM
Thu Jun 8 01:56:00 UTC 2000

RonButters at AOL.COM is:
>certainly willing to concede that--because THE PAPER is idiomatic for
>'today's newspaper'--I would at least have considered that as a possibility
>(though, again, I would have ruled it out, I think, on the grounds that I did
>not have a newspaper and that people do not ask for newspapers under such
>circumstances--though they might well need to ask for toilet tissue).
>Now what if the speaker had said, "Do you have the catalog"?

The two-holer my grandparents used out on the ND prairie was still standing
when I was a kid (in the '50s).  It is highly likely that at one time or
another one of them asked, "Do you have the catalog?"

  Tom Kysilko        Practical Data Services
  pds at visi.com       Saint Paul MN USA

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