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Old 09-19-2006, 06:56 PM   #1
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The Water Closet ?

I will show my ignorance here but,
I think I just learned that the "Rest Room/Toilet Area" is called the "Water Closet".
Is this a true statment?
Let me keep on finding threads to read so I can ed-you-ma-cate my self.
Knowledge is POWER !!!

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Old 09-19-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
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You are correct --- I believe the expression Water Closet originated in Europe. Julie
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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Alrighty then,
Since I dont have my trailer yet I wasnt sure if the comments about the Water Closet meant an actual closet for the Water Heater or for other water components. They were talking about the "John"
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:10 PM   #4
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Blue,

Don't forget, in a boat they are called the "head" so you don't want to loose it. lol



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Old 09-19-2006, 10:19 PM   #5
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I think if you refer to your privey as a "water closet", then your have to call your couch a "davenport" and your storage are the "cellar"

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Old 09-20-2006, 01:33 AM   #6
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I think it came from the org. tank type toilet ,,, the tank stores water for each flush ???

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Old 09-20-2006, 02:59 AM   #7
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Welcome jerrybb to the MOC. You picked one heck of a crappy subject for your first post.

OK Let's go back in time to the early 60s and the Tonight Show with Jack Parr. Does anyone remember the two words that were bleaped that caused Jack to walk off the show?? For those that remember "Water Closet" you may go to the head of the class.
Water closet is a British euphemism for a bathroom.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:35 AM   #8
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Don't forget the parlor and do you have a vestibule.
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Old 09-20-2006, 05:09 AM   #9
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It's also called a "loo" and don't forget "crapper" named after Thomas Crapper (for real!). Read about him here: http://www.victoriancrapper.com/Tcrapper.html.
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Water closet is also a term used in construction. Guess it just sounds better than all of the other terms. Technically ours can't be called the bathroom because we don't bath in there (at least I don't).LOL
I'm surprised all you military guys aren't giving us the military terms!
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:52 AM   #11
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Tecnically!! If there is only a toilet. Its a stool room!!
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:40 AM   #12
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I refer to it as my office
Or the library.

Vanman, I saw a program ov TV the other night about thay guy..
Mr. Crapper. I never knew that.

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Old 09-20-2006, 10:15 AM   #13
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I guess my question would be, how did it come to be called the "John" ?
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I think I heard a reference to it being called the throne.

And the military would be the latrine.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:03 PM   #15
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And don't forget what "cousin Eddie" called it in Christmas Vacation!

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Old 09-20-2006, 04:35 PM   #16
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LOL! I was just talking about that very segment from the movie this afternoon. "The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is full" Are you sure your not here??? I have always called it a water closet, sure dont want to upset anyone.
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Old 09-20-2006, 04:37 PM   #17
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Old 09-20-2006, 04:39 PM   #18
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How about kamode? probably spelled wrong camode?
Head is the term for a rest room in the Navy
Don't forget that a "rain locker" is the shower.
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quote:Originally posted by jerrybb

I think it came from the org. tank type toilet ,,, the tank stores water for each flush ???

I also have to agree wit this statement from Jerrybb.
I would always refer to the tank as the water closet and so do most of my friends in the building trades.
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:02 AM   #20
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quote:Originally posted by LonnieB

I guess my question would be, how did it come to be called the "John" ?
I just recently learned the answer to this recently. Sir John Harrington of Kelston, England was the inventor of the flush toilet. He designed one for Queen Elizabeth in the late 1500's. He was godson of the Queen. I found this out in tracing my family geneology. My great grandmother was a Harrington, and a friend of mine helped me trace back my ansestors. It looks probable that he was one of my ansestor's, just hard to prove. It was fun to learn this and gave our family a few laughs as well. Hence the "John" and I'm sure since the Queen had one, "The Throne". I guess the invention was not well accepted by the English people. It was many many years and a few inventions later before it became accepted. I believe someone named Crapper takes credit for the modern day version.
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