Some time ago I wrote about urinals and water closets. According to one questionable story, the president of the English Rugby Football Union, while visiting Romania during the Cold War, began a speech with two words he’d seen on toilet doors, thinking they meant ‘ladies and gentlemen’, only to be told afterwards that they meant ‘urinals and water closets’. Discussing some of the questions arising from the story, I referred to “urinals and seats (for the want of a better word)”. Since then I’ve occasionally pondered what I would call the seat to distinguish it from a urinal. As I man, how would I say “There was a urinal available, but I had to wait for a _”?
I watch a number of video channels by individuals or couples travelling by cars, buses, trains and/or aeroplanes. I try very hard to hate them for the amount of (usually luxury) travel they do, the enjoyment they get from it and the number of viewers, subscribers and comments they have, but find myself unable to because of the sheer enthusiasm they show. One feature of most videos is a “bathroom tour”.
In one, an American couple was travelling through Europe by trains. The woman of the couple gave the bathroom tour and showed the shower and basin, then theContinue reading