noun Slang. (North American)
lavatory, bathroom, loo, gents or ladies, (British informal) bog (slang),
can, john (slang, mainly US & Canadian),
head (nautical, slang), throne (informal) closet, privy, cloakroom (British),
urinal, latrine, washroom, powder room, ablutions (military, informal),
crapper **(slang), dunny, bogger, brasco (Australian / New Zealand, slang),
water closet, khazi (slang), pissoir (French), outhouse, public convenience,
W.C., ladies’ room, little boy’s room, little girl’s room (informal),
** Named after Thomas Crapper, a plumber, who contrary to popular belief did NOT invent the flush toilet, but he did improve the design.
I remember back in the 1960’s in Germany, most public bathrooms were pay toilets. Each door had a slot to put in your 10 Pfennig. If you didn’t have any change, then what?! There may or may not have been an attendant on duty and if not, you had to beg from strangers. Not sure whether or not this practice is still in effect because we didn’t encounter any pay toilets last fall. Hopefully not!
When we were touring Ephesus in Turkey (same trip), there was also a charge to use the bathrooms. Big difference was you paid a live person and they could make change.
Women: Have you ever tried to pee, (never mind anything else!) using only a hole in the floor? One thing for sure; you will need good aim! Easy enough for men, of course. I first encountered one of these old-fashioned toilets at the Milan, Italy train station in 1968. Thankfully, Italy has become more modern in the meantime and those toilets are not as prevalent anymore.
Had to use another one of these last September, during our tour of the Hanging Monasteries in Meteora, Greece. Thankfully, most of the Greek toilets were of the modern style, but there was a serious shortage of toilet paper at many of the public attractions. Best to take your own. One other quirk; it seems the plumbing system isn’t up to the task because we often encountered signs to not throw toilet paper in the toilet. Imagine that! Bins were provided for that purpose, but they didn’t always have lids. Rather off-putting!
A little comic relief: 😀
Do you have any unique toilet experiences you’d like to share?
Looking forward to your comments!
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