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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


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 😉


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

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...


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

Deb57 Level 8 July 31, 2019

It's because we like to obfusticate reality.

1of5 Level 8 July 31, 2019

Beats me

bobwjr Level 9 July 31, 2019

Reminds me of the old fashioned term 'toilet water' for perfume... always had we children in stiches!


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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