I stopped at at a service station to use the restroom and for the first time I thought why do we call a public toilet a restroom in the USA I would never rest in one, since they are almost always to dirty to even use as a toilet. Why can we just call them what they are a toilet. Of course I do not know why we even call places we buy gas at a service station either anymore you never get service at them anymore.
[QUOTE=samlar;2710413]I stopped at at a service station to use the restroom and for the first time I thought why do we call a public toilet a restroom in the USA I would never rest in one, since they are almost always to dirty to even use as a toilet. Why can we just call them what they are a toilet. Of course I do not know why we even call places we buy gas at a service station either anymore you never get service at them anymore.[/QUOTE]
or why do people call them bathrooms…i sure wouln’t want to bathe in them…
when we were in school…we had to call them comfort stations… guess its a good name as any…
and please observe etiquette in there doesn’t matter if its men’s or the women’s…keep an empty stall between you…at all times!!! nothing weirds me out to know there is someone next to me when i’m going…and then realize…there were empty ones they could have used…
It is a very good question.
I think all these fancy names were born out of hypocricy.
And they can mean different things or nothing in different countries.
In Europe - W.C., Toilet/Toilettes or 00. (Here “bathroom” is a part of a flat, where you take a bath etc.).
In GB/Australia - Toilets, Public Toilet, Public Lavatory (“Bathroom” is a room containing a bath).
In Canada - “The Ladies’ Room”, “The Men’s Room” (“Bathroom” means the same as in Europe).
So, if you travel a lot, you can get confused and even face serious problems explaining what place would you like to find.
Although most are labled “Restrooms” at public places the entrances can have some different names.
Being in Texas I have seen calfs & heifers a little easier Bulls & Cows .
I’ve also seen colts & fillys . Or as above Stallions & Mares . I don’t know where the geldings go.
Buckaroos & Buckeretts & of course Cowboys & Cowgirls.
I think all of those might be confusing to people from even other parts of the US much less another country.
BTW ocassionally there is a restroom with a “lounge” area. Not my type place to hang out but I have seen them.
For SS there may be a reason someone doesn’t keep a stall in between. Like they’ve looked at the other stalls & the only one clean enough to use is the one beside yours’.
I bet some of the stalls in my high school would have got to you.
Some of the restrooms in it had half height stalls.
Cholla we have a couple rest stops on the freeways that they put half walls on them and the reason I heard was to help stop prostitutes,male and females from operating at those location.
Here they have lists when they are last cleaned. Sometimes they don’t even seem to bother to change it every year. One filled in with each 2-3 hours of the day should give the impression that they clean it that much. Unfortunately the evidence is usually clear enough to understand there were much more hours in between…
Doug , I can see that for roadside rest stops .
Those are about the last resort for me to use anyway.
I have been to some that the various states kept nice & clean though.
I kind of doubt that was the reason for them in my high school .
Also they were only in some of the restrooms.
I think the nicest “restroom” I was ever in was at the New York , New York casino in Las Vegas . They had individual enclosed stalls with doors just like room doors .
So they were like entering a small room . About as private as a public restroom stall could be.
Well here in the UK the toilet in most houses is in the bathroom.
I think the restroom thing is probably an example of historical prudishness that was the norm back then.
The were after all water closets (WCs) even further before that.
Here’s a good definition for rest room
I always wondered why some Americans call a toilet (which actually means “to wash”) the JOHN? I live in a London borough and have lived in the SE of England most of my life, here we mostly call it the LOO when being polite in company, or I’m going to the BOG when it’s just the wife or very close friends. CARZY (if that’s how it’s spelled) is a leftover from the second world war and I gather is still used in a lot UK prisons. (No personal experience I will add.) NETTIE is a word that is often used in the north of England.
I’m sure a lot of these words are just used as plain politeness, to say to someone “can I use your s***house” is really not on.
One amusing thing is the flush pan was perfected, but not invented by a one Mr Thomas Crapper. The word “Crap” has different meanings in the US, as in the fact you like to shoot them.
Toilet humour is popular in the UK for some reason, maybe it’s just a relief to get it out?
I always wondered why Americans call petrol/fuel “gas” when it’s obviously a liquid …
Toilet humour is very popular in Asia, particularly Japan and Korea, for unknown reasons.
Also, until I went to America, I always wondered why it was called a toilet “bowl”. Now that I’ve been there and realised that American toilets look like giant soup bowls, it doesn’t surprise me.
Toilet humour indeed.
debro, “GAS” = GASOLINE, just another name for PETROL.
Nice one olyteddy, I’m tempted to post a few toilet jokes, but, errr…better not.
I looked up "why the restroom is called a ‘John’ ".
Apparently the name of the inventor of the flushable toilet was John.
My thought is it is just a common male name.
John = male
Jane = female
@ debro , Post an image of an OZ toilet . I can’t imagine an indoor toilet that doesn’t look something like a “bowl”.
On the same subject sort of.
I can’t imagine using a chamber pot & then putting it under the bed for the rest of the night . much less if someone else did the same.
BTW I’ve always heard those refered to as “thunder mugs”. I don’t think that requires explanation.
I found this little gem from From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, January/February 2012:-
[I]The flush toilet was invented, and re-invented, many times. Indoor toilets first appeared in the Indus Valley over 4,000 years ago. The Romans built their latrines over drains carrying running water that discharged into a fetid Tiber. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I was too embarrassed to use the flush toilet built for her by her godson, Sir [B]John[/B] Harington, for fear that the roar of the rushing water would inform the palace of the royal bowels being evacuated.[/I]
So cholla could be right!
BTW, it’s a LOO!!
Well here is a chamber pot and than you have a commode- http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/commodes/ID=361819-tier3
I forgot about the term commode .
BTW, it’s a LOO!! [/QUOTE]
Arachne, I already said that!