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What do you call it?
bathroom
12%
 12%  [ 2 ]
toilet
37%
 37%  [ 6 ]
lavatory
6%
 6%  [ 1 ]
khazi
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
dunny
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
netty
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
bog
12%
 12%  [ 2 ]
loo
31%
 31%  [ 5 ]
other
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Total Votes : 16

gerontius grumpus
46437.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:11 pm Reply with quote

I first came across this particular name for the toilet ( originally an outside earth closet) in Clive James' Unreliable Memoirs.
It is one of many names, most of which are euphemistic, referring to a washing function... toilet, lavatory, bathroom etc.

I think bathroom is a real cop out, as bad as rest room.

The Geordie word 'netty' is thought to come from a monastic latin word meaning 'that which is necessary'. It seems far more honest without being crude.

Is there an accurate name for this particular room that does not resort to euphemism or offend through vulgarity?

 
QI Individual
46447.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:18 pm Reply with quote

There's also WC. Water Closet to indicate this new fangled flush toilet.

 
Feroluce
46472.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:29 am Reply with quote

The Dublin word is 'jacks'.
It probably evolved from 'jakes', those charming holes in the ground that are usually found in french campsites.

 
mckeonj
46595.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:17 pm Reply with quote

Feroluce wrote:
The Dublin word is 'jacks'.
It probably evolved from 'jakes', those charming holes in the ground that are usually found in french campsites.

Jacks was the word for an 'earth closet' in Hampshire when I were a boy, also known, accurately and unashamedly, as 'shit ole'. Going to that little cabin in the woods was a delightful and moving experience.

 
Natalie
46596.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:26 pm Reply with quote

I may need to vote more than once, bearing in mind it has about 3 different names for me.

And you'd hope it was a moving experience.

 
Mr Grue
46675.  Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:35 am Reply with quote

On ships one would make use of the head, of course.

Isn't a dunny specifically an outside toilet?

 
Tas
46681.  Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:58 am Reply with quote

Dunny being a toilet is a good reason why the name Dunny-on-the-Wold is so name is Blackadder III...probably.

:-)

Tas

 
Mr Grue
46683.  Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:00 am Reply with quote

Tee hee

"What was the first episode of Blackadder to be set in Elizabethan England?"

 
Gray
46689.  Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:42 am Reply with quote

The word 'toilet' was involved in one of the first jokes that Stephen Fry penned for the Cambridge Footlights. His mother has an intense dislike of the word, and this prompted him to write (something like) the line:
Quote:
Did you know that 'T. S. Eliot' is an anagram of 'lavatories'?

 
Ponderer
46765.  Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:13 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Isn't a dunny specifically an outside toilet?


I think a privy is an outside toilet. I think 'dunny' is an example of shrine or Aussie slang.

 
Jenny
47080.  Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:40 pm Reply with quote

A fascinating page about American outhouses.

 

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