Goose From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6588 times:
I think the wording has something to it.
lav·a·to·ry ( P ) Pronunciation Key (lv-tôr, -tr)
n. pl. lav·a·to·ries
- A room equipped with washing and often toilet facilities; a bathroom.
- A washbowl or basin, especially one permanently installed with running water.
- A flush toilet.
Sounds pretty right-on to me........ and it's descended from Latin "to wash."
AirJamPanAm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6433 times:
Let me add my 2 cents to this...ALL over the UK and Europe the use "toilet" very, very freely.
You ask for a restroom or bathroom, you may get asked twice!
Personally I always think toilet sounds a little vulgar, but that's just me.
I think that may be the origin of restroom, to be a little more "gentile"
Slamclick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6402 times:
Used to be common in the airline biz in the US to call it the "biffy." Don't know the origin of that word. The lav service truck is sometimes called the "turd hearse." Lots of euphemisms for this necessary including calling it the "necessary."
Walking around London you often see signs in upstairs windows saying
After a careless reading of those signs my sister wondered why they always seemed to have the bathroom upstairs.
Planemaker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6230 times:
The word 'loo' is a bastardization of the french word "l'eau" (they sound similar). The origin of its use is in Elizabeathan times when the second floor jutted out over the road. When people were about to empty their chamber pots at night onto the road below they would shout out "regardez l'eau" to warn stragglers from the local pub that an aerial bombardment was about to be launched.
GDB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6168 times:
It is a source of some amusement that such innocuous words like 'Lavatory or 'Toilet' are seen to be coarse in the US, hence the terms 'Restrooms' or 'Bathrooms' which for the most part are not even accurately describing the facilities, certainly not on aircraft.
I've heard 'Whiffies' used to describe aircraft toilets in the US, probably accurate in the pre-vacuum days.
Think 'Toilet' is a bit strong, try some of these;
Bog, Crapper (after the inventor of the flush toilet, Thomas Crapper), Shithouse, Khazi, Thunderbox' to name a few.
Richierich From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5916 times:
Not that this has any bearing on the matter, but Metro North (my local railroad here in suburban NY) calls them "toilets". Personally, they are absolutely disgusting and you wouldn't want to be in the same car (carriage in UK) as one.
As for aircraft, I think you'd have to agree that "lavatory" is just simply the nicest term possible for what its function is. Having a sign on the door that says "Shitcan" or "Piss Receptacle" would be just plain weird - I guess toilet would be OK except that Americans find that a bit impolite. That word would be like showing up at a fancy ball saying "I need to use the crapper" - not good. Besides, there is more to do than just use the toilet in there. There is a mirror, diaper changing table (aka 'mile-high quickie pad'), and a shaver outlet, as well as feminine napkins, tissues and various soaps. Oh the fun you can have in a lavatory!
EI A330-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5876 times:
Well, here is the origin of the word. Lava is taken from the latin to clean and -tory meaning room (ie dormatory for bedroom, lavatory for bathroom). I can't believe that no one posted this before. And I think that Lavatory is better than Bathroom or Restroom. Sounds better!