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Old 05.04.2011, 16:26
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Has anyone ever actually seen a lady powdering their nose ? What a silly excuse to pee.

...and I don't mean at the Stock Traders Christmas Party.


What other silly excuses do the fairer sex use ?
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:28
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Re: WC (Water Closet)

[QUOTE=PaddyG;1159172]Aftershave?
Moisturiser? (I get dry skin occasionally)[/QUOTE]
Dos`e this belong in the bedroom ?
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:29
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If you think that's confusing, consider that our US cousins call it the "bathroom".

As in: "Excuse me, where's the bathroom?"

Me: "Erm!?! Why?"

US: "Well I would like to go to the bathroom?"

Me: "But, we've only invited you over for dinner... *click* oh, you mean toilet..."
C'mon that is so much nicer than toilet - if I said "may I use the toilet" I imagine everybody present would picture me actually sitting on the toilet

And besides I prefer "I need to wash my hands" or "I need to powder my nose"
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:31
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An old high German word for WC is Aborten. (from & place [nothing to do with abortions])
The root of these words is the same, though.
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Why do Brits use the word 'cul-de-sac' or 'ménage à trois', 'laisser-faire attitude' or, my favourite for a laugh 'a genrE'.

Why do the French use 'British words' that do not even exist in English:
footing (jogging) brushing (blow-dry) pressing (dry-cleaners) and now
wellness (direct translation of bien-ètre [should be circonflex], or even 'parking'? Languages borrow words either for ease of use, like 'pizza' or 'anorak' - or as the above to sound 'posh or better educated'.
And of course why do Brits have 1000s of bastardized French words in everyday use? Like mushroom = mousseron/ carpenter = charpentier/ plumber= plombier. Well we know this is because the Saxons found it difficult to pronounce the French imposed by the Normans, so words got distorted. Other French words changes their use over time: so a commode is not the same in France or in England (a chest of drawers in France). And other words disappeared from the French language, but remain in English, like 'reconnoitre'. Funny and fascinating things, languages. Love them.

For me the question is 'why do Americans call the WC a bathroom'?
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:37
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C'mon that is so much nicer than toilet - if I said "may I use the toilet" I imagine everybody present would picture me actually sitting on the toilet

And besides I prefer "I need to wash my hands" or "I need to powder my nose"
Believe it or not, I'm not that interested in picturing (whether figuratively or literally) any of my guests on the toilet, so rest assured if you ever come 'round.

As an aside to get to a bathroom in our house, you'd need to go up two flights of stairs. Alternatively, you can use our guest toilet on the ground floor.

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That third syllable proved to be insurmountable too hard for them...
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Why do Brits use the word 'cul-de-sac' or 'ménage à trois', 'laisser-faire attitude' or, my favourite for a laugh 'a genrE'.

Why do the French use 'British words' that do not even exist in English:
footing (jogging) brushing (blow-dry) pressing (dry-cleaners) and now
wellness (direct translation of bien-ètre [should be circonflex], or even 'parking'? Languages borrow words either for ease of use, like 'pizza' or 'anorak' - or as the above to sound 'posh or better educated'.
And of course why do Brits have 1000s of bastardized French words in everyday use? Like mushroom = mousseron/ carpenter = charpentier/ plumber= plombier. Well we know this is because the Saxons found it difficult to pronounce the French imposed by the Normans, so words got distorted. Other French words changes their use over time: so a commode is not the same in France or in England (a chest of drawers in France). And other words disappeared from the French language, but remain in English, like 'reconnoitre'. Funny and fascinating things, languages. Love them.

For me the question is 'why do Americans call the WC a bathroom'?
Is barbeque english or french?
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Old 05.04.2011, 17:24
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C'mon that is so much nicer than toilet - if I said "may I use the toilet" I imagine everybody present would picture me actually sitting on the toilet

And besides I prefer "I need to wash my hands" or "I need to powder my nose"
Well i always reply, if you want to take a dump its upstairs, but if you only want to pee its downstairs....then watch.
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C'mon that is so much nicer than toilet - if I said "may I use the toilet" I imagine everybody present would picture me actually sitting on the toilet

And besides I prefer "I need to wash my hands" or "I need to powder my nose"
Well i always reply, if you want to take a dump its upstairs, but if you only want to pee its downstairs....then watch.
See? Aren't you grateful that some of us stick to the term "toilet"?
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Is barbeque english or french?
English, obviously. It's a line of men waiting to get their hair cut.
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Well i always reply, if you want to take a dump its upstairs, but if you only want to pee its downstairs....then watch.
Huh? You allow them to take a dump in your bath?
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Huh? You allow them to take a dump in your bath?
Still probably better than them peeing in the cloakroom...
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Still probably better than them peeing in the cloakroom...
We don`t have a cloakroom, we turned it into a karsi
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Still probably better than them peeing in the cloakroom...
So you're saying that long thin tube isn't for peeing in?

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Old 05.04.2011, 17:43
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Huh? You allow them to take a dump in your bath?
I've done that.


I was only 2 at the time, and my sister, who was sharing the bath, didn't appreciate it very much. Personally, I thought it was hilarious. Apparently.
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I've done that.


I was only 2 at the time, and my sister, who was sharing the bath, didn't appreciate it very much. Personally, I thought it was hilarious. Apparently.
Bill and Ben are in the bath together, Bill trumps and Ben says...... half past nine
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I've done that.


I was only 2 at the time, and my sister, who was sharing the bath, didn't appreciate it very much. Personally, I thought it was hilarious. Apparently.
I just snorted fizzy water out of my nose laughing at that. Ow, that hurts.
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stupid posts. different languages have differernt words for the same thing. you must be dense if you need an entire conversation to pick that up. hope you don't go walking around the US talking about smoking fags.
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stupid posts. different languages have differernt words for the same thing. you must be dense if you need an entire conversation to pick that up. hope you don't go walking around the US talking about smoking fags.
Or worse - "bumming a fag" (Borrowing a cigarette off someone cos you don't have any).
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