Nov 10, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
asymes saidThis is a public waste container.
2nd character=Skin [misinterpreted as "leather" here]
3rd character=Box or container
Before the invention and promulgation of modern packaging, the waste containers were mostly used so that people could have a decent place to dispose of the skins of bananas, apples, etc. that they might consume outdoors. And the expression "Box for fruit skins" has stayed on in the language to refer to the waste containers you see every day on the streets.