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#32143 - 06/14/01 02:41 AM dis-commode
rodward Offline

Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 609
Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Interesting that commode means convenience. Every Day Things thread has mentioned commode as the toilet bowl, and the word is often used by itself to mean a commode chair, that is one with a chamber-pot. Also (in UK at least) public toilets are known as public conveniences.
I suppose the link between "convenience" and toilets must be quite strong!


#32144 - 06/14/01 09:11 AM Re: dis-commode
wwh Offline
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Dear Rod: You are right. Discommode means to lock up the restrooms.

#32145 - 06/14/01 09:29 AM Re: dis-commode
teresag Offline

Registered: 03/12/01
Posts: 60
Loc: Oregon, USA
And it would certainly be inconvenient to lack a toilet when you need one.

#32146 - 06/14/01 09:58 AM Re: dis-commode
Brandon Offline

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Posts: 218
Loc: Mountain West, USA
Also (in UK at least) public toilets are known as public conveniences.

I've always been wary of the PC movement.


#32147 - 06/14/01 01:51 PM Re: dis-commode
of troy Offline
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toilet is just an other euphemism for chamber pot-- and the original meaning of dressing or grooming still exists in toilet water, ~ soap, or ~powder.. getting washed and dressed is still making ones ~...

we seem not to really want to have a word for "a receptical for bowel movements" and use all sorts of euphemism-- a recent rebroadcast of the BBC/Irish television production "The Aristocrates" about the Lennox sisters uses the line, about George II -- "he ate breakfast, and retired to his room to perform a natural function, and died while doing so.."

so we have commodes, and loo's, and water closets, and cloakrooms, and thrones (and throne rooms) and every other sort of way of saying that which we don't want to say-- and any number of vulgar ways, too--("take a dump" being the most common now days-- and certainly not the crudest..)-- the english have the bit more refined "spend a penny" and ladies would most often "powder one's nose"...anything-- but saying what it is we intend to use (and why!) --which we really can't do-- since there is no proper word!

my other obsession

#32148 - 06/14/01 01:59 PM Words for "receptacle"
Bobyoungbalt Offline

Registered: 11/22/00
Posts: 1289
Does anyone know if it's really true that the words 'crap' and 'crapper' come from Thos. Crapper, the inventor of the WC? Or is this an apocryphal anecdote?

PS Aenigma suggests "crash" for "crapper".

#32149 - 06/14/01 02:05 PM Re: dis-commode
Faldage Offline
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In the Navy we called it the shitter. That good enough for ya?

#32150 - 06/14/01 02:10 PM Re: Words for "receptacle"
tsuwm Offline
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#32151 - 06/14/01 02:58 PM Re: Words for "receptacle"
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Thomas Crapper
... click here to go to The Thomas Crapper Memorial Plumbing Poll ... theplumber to International
Toilet History in India and the World. Thomas Crapper: Myth & Reality. ...
http://www.theplumber.com/crapper.html [More Results From: www.theplumber.com]

There really was such a man. He had patents on plumbing devices, but not on the toilet bowl flush system

#32152 - 06/14/01 10:28 PM Re: dis-commode
doc_comfort Offline

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 618
Loc: Australia
Faldage reports:

In the Navy we called it the shitter.

And the head?


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