Can you imagine this award ceremony?
|Parking garage, Stratford-Upon-Avon|
If you are an American visiting England,
you quickly learn that asking for the 'bathroom' or 'restroom'
will only get you quizzical looks
'Toilet' is what you are really looking for
(although it sounds crude to my ears)
'Loo' is an informal British synonym thrown about as well
The origin of the curious word 'loo' is unknown,
although there are a few unsubstantiated theories circulating:
- Medieval servants would yell 'gardyloo'
(from the French regardez l'eau 'watch out for the water')
as chamber posts were emptied out of upstairs windows into the street -
- Using the French word le lieu (the place) sounds more polite -
- The trade name 'Waterloo' appeared on iron cisterns in many British outhouses
during the early 20th century -
I must say I have yet to meet a person here by the name of Lou,
much less Lulu
Every good mom has moments of dueling their kids
with potty talk
Welcome to my world :)
- photo by me -
Source: Oxford Dictionary