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I received this photo from a fellow networker. He sent with it the following comment:

“I didn’t want to buy a restroom so I had to wait until after the movie.”

I couldn’t have said it any better.

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Thanks to George G. for the photo and comment.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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August 2, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why is it Called a “Lavatory?”


I flew in an airplane over the weekend, a small one of about 80 seats, meaning there was one pilot, one copilot, two flight attendants and two bathrooms.

Uh, sorry, lavatories.

I have never understood why airplane bathrooms are called lavatories. So, I looked it up.

Lavatory is a British term that started as the Latin lavatus, a form of the Latin lavare meaning “to wash.” It evolved into the Middle Latin lavatorium and then the Middle English lavatorie. It means “a vessel (as a basin) for washing” and “a room with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets.” Which is exactly what you find in those tiny-enough-to-be-closets airplane rooms.

Now, I could go into the problem that we call these rooms bathrooms even when there is no bath (or shower) in it, or that we call them restrooms when you’re really not resting (especially if you’re constipated!), or why they’re not just called toilet rooms, but I’ll stop there.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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March 15, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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