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#5485 - 08/23/00 08:45 PM Re: what crap
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Gosharootie, Tsuwm, how do you find these things??
Ohmigawd: the poopie pen???
#5486 - 08/23/00 09:13 PM Re: If the name fits...
Loc: Marion NC
>I would cite Thomas Crapper, inventor of the flush toilet, as an example, but the euphemism for defecation came from his name
The OED says crap comes from a Dutch word krappe. "The word has taken the sense of 'dirt, filth' and 'grease of a millstone.'"_________________________
#5487 - 08/23/00 11:40 PM
#5488 - 08/24/00 07:57 AM Re: what crap
>I had always assumed Thomas Crapper himself to be a myth
Neither myth nor inventor (or post Minoan re-inventor) of the flush water closet. There had been a number of attempts. of varying succes, to provide water-carried sanitation before Crapper. He is well known because he perfected a flush system invented by others, which was further refined over the nineteenth century. The main problems that beset Crapper's system was that it used an inordinate amount of water, in a time when water supplies to cities were not very good, and the valve was prone to stick, which meant that even more water was used.
If you really want to find out all about it, read
WRIGHT, Lawrence, (1960) "Clean and Decent: the fascinating history of the bathroom and watercloset" Routledge.
A very well written and interesting book which will tell you all about the debate over whether earth closets or water closets were best.
#5489 - 08/24/00 08:04 AM Re: If the name fits...
My own best examples of nominative determinism are a funeral director who used to have his showroom on Buckingham Palace Road, London. His name was D'Eath
Also, in the town where I was brung up, was a sanitery engineer (plumber to you) called "W.C.Drain"
#5490 - 09/01/00 10:11 PM Post deleted by DCRon
Loc: Washington, D.C.
birder, worder, hedonist
#5491 - 09/02/00 04:24 PM Re: If the name fits...
My solicitor: 'Bull and Bull'
#5492 - 09/03/00 05:03 AM Re: If the name fits...
Loc: Sydney Australia
Come to think of it, the obvious examples are lead women in James Bond plots...
#5493 - 09/04/00 04:59 AM Re: If the name fits...
I just think it's jolly lucky that "Mr Antenna" grew up to be someone who sells, installs and adjusts antennae for a living.....
#5494 - 09/04/00 06:44 AM Re: If the name fits...
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
<lead women in James Bond plots>
they're the ones with the 'heavy roles', are they, Bridget?
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