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Re: Lavatories, bathrooms,... Was: Re: Hymn to Ikea

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Friday, February 27, 2004, 14:10
Staving Tristan McLeay:
>Ah! I presume _les lieux_ is the source of 'the loo', >then? (WC is mostly used here by real estate >agents/architects to refer to toilet-rooms.) 'Toilet' >can, however, be used without concern in most cases. >Only 'toilet' and 'loo' are in my active vocab, I >think.
"Loo" is from the Middle English "Gardy loo!", in turn derived from the Norman French "Gardez l'eau!", the traditional warning given before emptying the bucket out of the window. Pete


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>CHAT Loo (was: Lavatories, bathrooms,...etc)
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>CHAT Loo (was: Lavatories, bathrooms,...etc)