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From: Irene Aimee Depke <>
Subject: Re: [POLAND] Non-use of "toilet"
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 00:10:44 -0600
Oh, yes. I forgot about that word. I lived in London and yes, that's true,
though not used as much, perhaps by older gentlemen. I found that they
used the very forthright "toilet" or the more colloquial and contemporary
slang, "loo." And of course, loo has sailed across The Pond. Interesting
use of words in our language, no?
on 1/15/02 7:11 PM, Sally Brown at wrote:
> Perhaps it is a custom passed on to English-speaking Americans by our
> British forebears. When I worked in a department store, I once had a
> young man ask for directions to "Gentleman's". As I was trying to figure
> out whether he wanted men's suit, or work clothes or some other type of
> menswear, he corrected himself and said "restroom". I was later told that
> "Gentlemens" was how the men's toilet facilities were referred to in
> On Tue, 15 Jan 2002 14:53:33 -0600 Irene Aimee Depke <>
>> It is only in Americathat we "pussyfoot" around this word - nobody
> wants to say the word
>> I don't think any other language has this hang-up.
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