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Well, first of all let's
deal with "linguistics".
"Potty", to me, is a kid's word for "toilet". (Which, in UK, is the whole process of "morning ablutions" as they used to say.)
"Bed pan" is still what's brought around by orderlies in hospitals.
"Chamber pot" is what I read when Dickens' characters go potty.
BTW, I don't live in the US either - I live in New Mexico.
I have a book....
.... my family gave me when they lived in Mew Mexico.
It's still packed away, but the title was something like, "New Mexico Is One of the 50 States".
Lots of fun tales in it.
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Yep. And the true tales
make a sad commentary on US education.
I think I've already mentioned that our license plates are careful to say, "New Mexico USA".
I've seen bumper stickers on cars with NM licenses
saying something similar, Angeline. And I think I remember seeing a vanity plate with "one of the 50 states" at the bottom instead of
"Land of Enchantment!"
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Ahhh... Ye Olde Chamber Pot
Chamber pot used to make Chamber music
Compositions traditionally intended for performance in a private room and written for one player .
Location, location, location
Perhaps what it's called is somewhat dependent on where it's found. A "chamber" was a room. Thus, a chamber pot would mean it's found in a room. Doubtful would a proper person place it in a gathering or eating area...the operative word being "proper". Thus, terms that alluded to a function or article of necessity were used rather than a verbose description. "Vulgar" terms were also invented...perhaps just to be defiant and bring on a blush from someone...i.e toilet versus crapper. Tell a young person today that a woman is "with child" and see what their response is. I'll bet most won't even know it means to be pregnant. My amateur response here.
And, if you went to UK to visit Jonah,
you would "knock him up".
And why would any decent person call it "the loo"?
Loo? Short for WaterLOO, you know water closet?
For the same reason they refer to the toilet as "the bog", and toilet paper as "bog roll"
Say, aren't those "little blue people" - Jonah's ancestors - known for their ... bog burials?
Speaking of euphemisms, I recall an essay on Scott's fatal Antarctic expedition which digressed into dealing with calls of nature in such an environment. The writer mentioned an American article on the same topic which referred to that as "going to the bathroom", as we Yanks are fond of saying. Even in cases where there isn't a actual WC in sight.
Somewhat related: One of our family's favorite sitcom jokes was on George Lopez' show. He and his wife were discussing the social life of their pubescent daughter, and the wife mentioned her developing "breasts". George said, "Eewww! Don't be vulgar. Call them 'chee-chees'." Which is exactly how my wife and I were raised!
i thought it was from the French l'eau?
jonah "showers in the bathroom" jones
and why call it "the john"?
Ancient inscription was misread
and the error stuck.
Should have been "jonah".
The throne...the porcelain oracle
the big white phone
sometimes I say, "my constitution is acting up, be back after I pass an amendment"
and if you need to get in there....
....and someone else just beat you to it, they turn it into the place of eternal repose.
The Terlet.........Archie Bunker
Eight years in the Navy, and no one
ever told me why we called it "the head".
just a guess
maybe because new sailors spent so much time with their head in the toilet blowing chunks?
Like most Naval terms....... Ye Olde Days?
My (one and only) sea story
In the 60s I was in the Canadian Army.
They had an exercise involving movement of troops from Gagetown, NB to Argentia, Newfoundland. We left Gagetown, drove to Halifax NS and boarded frigates and a provision ship to Argentia.
The seas were so bad that no one was allowed on deck and all hatches were sealed. I didn't get sick but I didn't eat very much either. Back then they issued "tot"( a drink of rum) daily. Some including me didn't "feel like" drinking and gave our tot to the sailors. I still remember the sight of sailors walking down the passageway with a large glass almost filled to the brim with rum, in extremely rough seas. And not spilling a drop.
They also used to place a slice of bread under their dinner plates to stop the plate from sliding all over the table, because of the rough seas.
On the return trip I was in the provision ship, (much larger) and the sea was much calmer.
Here's a one liner
I went overseas in a blood vessel
Seems I read some time ago
I read once that in the olden days, they made the table so it stayed level. I don't remember now how that was accomplished.
here's one from the "new" days
on a trip from melbourne to tasmania and back
overnight on the first znd 6 hours!! in the second (the devil cat "will not leave the harbour if the waves reach 12 metres" and i thought and if they reach 11.90 metres?
an amazing ride!
So THAT'S what the pointy end is!
However: A known common location for the actual "drop point" was [logically] at the other end, over the natural overhang at the stern. Eric hasn't convinced me.
On old sailing warships...
On old sailing warships, between the figurehead on the bow and the main hull were head rails, held up by head timbers. See the drawing of a Frigate of 1768 in the book The Lore of Ships (pg. 32). I have seen pictures of an outhouse-type seating for the same purpose in the head/rail timbers area at the bow.
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