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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by Adrian » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:45 am

turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:13 am
Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it! They are lavatory pans or toilets not bathrooms.
Why do women say they powder their noses when they don't actually do that? :alien:

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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by JayM » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:20 am

turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:13 am
Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it! They are lavatory pans or toilets not bathrooms.
The ones in people's homes typically have bathtubs or at very least showers, in addition to a toilet and sink, so that's the room where you take your Saturday night bath (whether you need it or not.) That's what gave it the name. The public ones in schools, offices, stores etc. are usually called restrooms, which is even odder. They don't have beds or sofas in them to rest on. In the Philippines they're known as comfort rooms (or CRs for short), which makes much more sense.
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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by tascoast » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:22 am

Actually, it is called a dunny (indoors or out, the latter possibly a long drop) here, or loo, or toilet if you insist......
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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by jackdanielsesq » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:10 am

Outhouse made the most sense .... if only for the sake of good ventilation :happybday:
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turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:13 am
Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it! They are lavatory pans or toilets not bathrooms.
The ones in people's homes typically have bathtubs or at very least showers, in addition to a toilet and sink, so that's the room where you take your Saturday night bath (whether you need it or not.) That's what gave it the name. The public ones in schools, offices, stores etc. are usually called restrooms, which is even odder. They don't have beds or sofas in them to rest on. In the Philippines they're known as comfort rooms (or CRs for short), which makes much more sense.

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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by JayM » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:24 am

Home-built outdoor pit toilets are called outhouses in the USA, while the self-contained portable ones go by different regional names. In Washington State they're either "sanicans" or "honey buckets" depending on who made them, Sani-Can or Redford, while in San Antonio Texas they're "biffies" as they're made by BFI, Inc. I wonder what the etymology of the term "dunny" is? Maybe because when you're done using it the next person in line can go in?
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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:33 am

Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it!
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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by richb » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:40 am

Porta potty is used for self contained portable ones as well. That may be a trade name. It is interesting how many names there are for these essential "areas". Mens and Ladies Room, Restroom, Lavatory are among them. Perhaps it is an attempt to "civilize" the function.

Edit: Jerry nailed it, euphemisms.
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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by KBD » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:00 pm

turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:13 am
Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it! They are lavatory pans or toilets not bathrooms.
Why do they call it the Loo in the UK? You could technically take a bath in there :)

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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by turtlebay777 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:54 pm

KBD wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:00 pm
turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:13 am
Why is it called a bathroom in America, there are no baths in it! They are lavatory pans or toilets not bathrooms.
Why do they call it the Loo in the UK? You could technically take a bath in there :)
Loo is the shortened name from the word Waterloo' which is used to replace water closet or WC.

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Re: Which door do I take?

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Post by gosia » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:28 am

turtlebay777 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:54 pm
Loo is the shortened name from the word Waterloo' which is used to replace water closet or WC.
Waterloo short for "water closet"? Really? This isn't a joke? Well, the English certainly have good memories of Waterloo.
And then again abbreviated to "Loo"? I am not looked at strangely when I ask "Please, where is there a Loo nearby"?

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