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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#101  Postby abstract.ipz » Jun 14, 2016 4:11 pm

I live in the U.S. and in my experience on signs and in more formal situations it's called a restroom but otherwise called a bathroom although either can be used they both refer to the place you go to relieve yourself.

P.S neither really make sense as ( as least in public) bathrooms are not use for bathing and usually people don't just take naps in the rest room.
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#102  Postby don't get me started » Jun 15, 2016 1:45 am

DougC wrote:If you want fancy, Japan is where it's at.

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Indeed Doug, these fancy contraptions (know as 'Washlet' toilets) are a widespread thing and most modern houses have them.
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#103  Postby DougC » Jun 15, 2016 2:40 am

:evilgrin:

Lucky it was not 1/32. You would have felt that one leaving!
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#104  Postby don't get me started » Jun 15, 2016 3:06 am

DougC wrote::evilgrin:

Lucky it was not 1/32. You would have felt that one leaving!


Yep, especially if it was the commander figure with the outstretched arm pointing a Luger....
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#105  Postby DougC » Jun 15, 2016 3:54 am

don't get me started wrote:
DougC wrote::evilgrin:

Lucky it was not 1/32. You would have felt that one leaving!


Yep, especially if it was the commander figure with the outstretched arm pointing a Luger....


And his other one pointing backyards for balance. YIKES, you want him coming out head first!
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#106  Postby Fallible » Jun 15, 2016 7:23 am

crank wrote:So you're saying he's a loonatic?


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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#107  Postby scott1328 » Jun 16, 2016 2:00 am

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:There are space toilets that double as bidets, preventing the necessity of pesky toilet paper.

But how does one resolve their aversion to toilet paper when they're out and about, I wonder? :ask:

Terry cloth and a zip-lock Baggie? :ask:
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#108  Postby Weaver » Jun 16, 2016 3:14 am

scott1328 wrote:
Rachel Bronwyn wrote:There are space toilets that double as bidets, preventing the necessity of pesky toilet paper.

But how does one resolve their aversion to toilet paper when they're out and about, I wonder? :ask:

Terry cloth and a zip-lock Baggie? :ask:

Depends on how far out and about - if there's any real chance I'm using a porta-john, my preferred cleaner is unscented baby wipes.

I won't flush them down toilets, though, nor leave them in cat-hole latrines in the woods.
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#109  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Jun 16, 2016 5:04 am

Cloth and Ziploc baggie? Where would you get a disgusting idea like that?
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#110  Postby DougC » Jun 17, 2016 2:06 am

A 'floater' in the bowl is annoying.
A 'floater' in a space suit is disastrous.
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#111  Postby scott1328 » Jun 17, 2016 2:39 am

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:Cloth and Ziploc baggie? Where would you get a disgusting idea like that?

I am informed that it is not disgusting in civilized countries.
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#112  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Jun 17, 2016 2:48 am

Which countries would those be? I want to be sure I'm in the right ones when I'm carrying a shitty rag in a plastic baggie with me in my pack.

You see, elsewhere, in less developed countries, such activities would be deemed rather gross.
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#113  Postby don't get me started » Oct 13, 2016 11:44 pm

From the latest issue of Viz Comic, the Profanisaurus (swearer's dictionary) has the following entry:

Restroom. n. US. The toilet.
"I'd give it five minutes before using the restroom if I were you. I've just had a massive rest in there."
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#114  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Oct 14, 2016 8:51 am

I think I already mentioned we call it a 'wc'. Which is pronounced 'way-say' in Dutch.
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#115  Postby Blackadder » Oct 14, 2016 9:50 am

don't get me started wrote:From the latest issue of Viz Comic, the Profanisaurus (swearer's dictionary) has the following entry:

Restroom. n. US. The toilet.
"I'd give it five minutes before using the restroom if I were you. I've just had a massive rest in there."


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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#116  Postby lofuji » Oct 31, 2016 1:48 am

Where I am (Hong Kong), it's a sai sow fong (wash hands room) if you want to be genteel, but a chee saw (the bogs) if you're like me. Incidentally, every village in the New Territories has a public toilet, but there is one that I cycle through quite often that has three! I can't remember its name, because I always refer to it as "three chee saw village".
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#117  Postby SkyMutt » Oct 31, 2016 2:56 am

I've encountered the term "cloakroom" as a euphemism used by some older British people. This harks back to the "garderobe" found in many castles.
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#118  Postby The_Piper » Nov 01, 2016 3:07 pm

Fascinating, and from reading about the castle shitters, I unearth the origin of the word "stools" to mean poop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_stool
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#119  Postby Fallible » Nov 01, 2016 3:20 pm

Cloakroom is used more as the place the kids put their coats and bags when they get to school here to be honest, but yes, among the older and better off, it can also mean the bog. :)
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Re: Restroom or bathroom?

#120  Postby Scot Dutchy » Nov 02, 2016 4:03 pm

Plenty of large houses often had a toilet at the back of the cloakroom.

Just why is it called a 'restroom'?
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