Cloak room... x: [YAEUT] Lexical variation survey
|From:||Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall <nomad-conlang@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 12, 2008, 20:08|
R A Brown wrote:
> Peter Collier wrote:
>> "familiy bathroom" (i.e. main bathroom, typically toilet, sink and
>> bath with shower) and "downstairs cloaks" ('cloakroom', i.e. small
>> downstairs toilet and sink - e.g. for guests)
> Yep - the 0.5 bathroom of the USA is a 'cloak(room)' as far as estate
> agents are concerned. It's said to be derived from Public School (i.e.
> posh private school) slang where 'cloak' = 'cloaca' (Latin for "sewer" :)
That's interesting. For some reason I'd always thought the "cloak room"
was a clothes-closet that was located near the front or back door, that
you would take off your cloak (that is, long-coat), put it on a hanger,
and hang it in the "cloak room" before heading on into the house proper.
Funny how the differences in American English and British English trip
us up, eh? :D
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