Things you may have wondered about a toilet

Funny-toiletAs I continue working rigorously on my novel projects, I find myself wondering about the toilet, specially how it got its many names.

I think Europeans have it right. Call it what it is. Water closet and Toilet make the most sense to me. However, we Americans–in our typical American ways–have to tap dance around what we deem as raunchy, and call it things like a restroom, facilities and bath room. I do not rest in a restroom, nor do I bathe most of the time unless I happen to be home (and in that case, I shower). And facilities in the world I work in means a collection of buildings owned or run by the same organization. I certainly do not tend to my personal business on those!

Here are some other toilet-related questions you may care to know about:

  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “Johns?” Here’s the answer.
  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “the head?” Here’s the answer.
  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “restrooms?” Answer:  In this case, “rest” most literally means to refresh, not to sleep.
  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “loos?” There are many theories.
  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “crappers?” The thought is that a guy named Thomas Crapper invented the toilet. However, there is some controversy to that claim.
  • Why are toilets sometimes referred to as “potties?” Well, that’s easy. Cuz they’re like a pot, duh.

So now you know more than you ever thought you would about shit-buckets. You’re welcome.

For other awesome and interesting toilet facts, check out The Toilet Museum.

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About authorphilpartington

Phil is a writing enthusiast of many years, having been published in numerous online and national print trade and sports publications over the past decade. He has spent the past five years delving back into the world of fiction writing, focussing on the fantasy, horror and suspense genres. Deshay of the Woods is his first novel.
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4 Responses to Things you may have wondered about a toilet

  1. Kathleen Azevedo says:

    I just wanted to mention that the inventor of the toilet was Thomas Crapper.
    This is such an important invention, we should declare a Thomas Crapper Day!

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