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Re: CHAT Loo (was: Lavatories, bathrooms,...etc)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Monday, March 1, 2004, 11:12
Staving Ray Brown:
>On Friday, February 27, 2004, at 02:11 PM, Peter Bleackley wrote: > >>Staving Tristan McLeay: >[snip] > >>>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. > >That's one _theory_ of the origin. Some version localize the cry "Gardez l' >eau" as being peculiar to Edinburgh.
With the traditional counter-cry of "Haud yer hand!" shortly before being soaked in "nastiness". I have a great affection for folk etymology, generally finding the picturesque preferable to the merely accurate. Anyone got any more good folk etymologies? Pete


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>