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Is their a reason why ‘toilet’ seems to be a taboo word and replaced by ‘bathroom’ which, in many cases, don’t have baths in them?

Geoffrey51 8 July 31

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It is like "people of color" : they are not colored but their skin has different hues of brown.
Words sometimes have to take on a strange meaning because some influential people don't like certain connotations

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Perhaps people do not want to speak French so they don't call it a toilet. They opt to speak Roman which is where the word bath comes from.

azzow2 Level 9 July 31, 2019

Probably not as bath is derived from German but whatever 😉

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Seems some words just get soiled after a while and need to be replaced, like “house” (now home). Or “cool” (now awesome). Or “pot” (now weed). Or “drugstore” (now pharmacy). Or “God” (now Universe). 😝

skado Level 8 July 31, 2019
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Where, exactly, is "toilet" a taboo word? Interestingly, Ii books from just a few decades ago "toileting" meant getting cleaned up & ready for the day....brushing teeth, getting dressed, hair arranged, etc...

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I just always called the room, the "loo."

Deb57 Level 8 July 31, 2019
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It's because we like to obfusticate reality.

1of5 Level 8 July 31, 2019
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Beats me

bobwjr Level 9 July 31, 2019
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Reminds me of the old fashioned term 'toilet water' for perfume... always had we children in stiches!

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Not taboo in the UK...we always say toilet ...or loo! As you say, bathrooms are what we have at home where we go to bathe in a room which has a bath. Toilets are what we have in public places such as restaurants.

You know I spent one summer with a bunch of young British women and they said "loo" I wonder if the origin is "L'eau" being "water"? It would make sense. A place you find running water.

And yes by the end of the summer I was saying "loo" too.

@RavenCT Ha, ha....yes!

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