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For me the question is 'why do Americans call the WC a bathroom'?
Probably because it isn't something common to have a room just with a toilet in it like you find in Europe. We usually have one bathroom with the bath the sink and the toilet. If you have an other bathroom it will be with a shower, sink and toilet.
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Old 05.04.2011, 18:01
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Probably because it isn't something common to have a room just with a toilet in it like you find in Europe. We usually have one bathroom with the bath the sink and the toilet. If you have an other bathroom it will be with a shower, sink and toilet.
Then why not call it a shower-room?
Then again, if you ask your host where the shower-room is, they might get the wrong impression.
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Probably because it isn't something common to have a room just with a toilet in it like you find in Europe. We usually have one bathroom with the bath the sink and the toilet. If you have an other bathroom it will be with a shower, sink and toilet.
To me it's weird to have a sh*t and a bath/shower in the same room. In my house I strictly forbid doing a "number 2" in the bathroom. We have a toilet for that!
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Old 05.04.2011, 18:06
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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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Then why not call it a shower-room?
Then again, if you ask your host where the shower-room is, they might get the wrong impression.
I used the term Shower-room when I tell to my husband where is something. (it is in the bathroom or the shower-room...)

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To me it's weird to have a sh*t and a bath/shower in the same room. In my house I strictly forbid doing a "number 2" in the bathroom. We have a toilet for that!
I found it much more weirdo to have a toilet in a closet without any sink and having to go out of the ''WC'' to go into the bathroom to wash your hands...

And what about people's hygiene regarding their buttom? After a number 2, to clean with dry toilet paper isn't what we call ''clean'' 2x
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To me it's weird to have a sh*t and a bath/shower in the same room. In my house I strictly forbid doing a "number 2" in the bathroom. We have a toilet for that!
Unfortunately, we have a separate shower room and an ensuite bathroom, both with a WC. If I have to do my business, in the absence of a Chernobyl-scale exclusion zone, I am requested to use the facility frequented by the least number of members of the family, ie our en-suite (coincidentally, another term to have crossed the French-English language divide).
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Yes, but when you go to a restaurant or a station- seems so stupid to ask for the 'bathroom', no?
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Unfortunately, we have a separate shower room and an ensuite bathroom, both with a WC. If I have to do my business, in the absence of a Chernobyl-scale exclusion zone, I am requested to use the facility frequented by the least number of members of the family, ie our en-suite (coincidentally, another term to have crossed the French-English language divide).
Is that called having a sit and think?
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I used the term Shower-room when I tell to my husband where is something. (it is in the bathroom or the shower-room...)



I found it much more weirdo to have a toilet in a closet without any sink and having to go out of the ''WC'' to go into the bathroom to wash your hands...

And what about people's hygiene regarding their buttom? After a number 2, to clean with dry toilet paper isn't what we call ''clean'' 2x
This might explain, the best method for that.
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hope you don't go walking around the US talking about smoking fags.
No, because we smoke butts.
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Yes, but when you go to a restaurant or a station- seems so stupid to ask for the 'bathroom', no?
Not at all - in the States and in Canada everybody knows that you're not about to take a bath.
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Well don`t really matter what your nationality is, if youre embarassed asking where the bog is, then just ask "to use the facilities"
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This might explain, the best method for that.
Big fan here! In Turkey, the Bidet fonction is integrated in the toilet itself! I found it very hard to get use to the lack of it here.... So baby wipes and shower became very handy!
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Then why not call it a shower-room?
Then again, if you ask your host where the shower-room is, they might get the wrong impression.
I thought it was common place in the US, to ask for the 'restroom' rather than 'bathroom', to get around this problem.

I wouldn't have thought that the toilet is the best place to have a rest though.
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Big fan here! In Turkey, the Bidet fonction is integrated in the toilet itself! I found it very hard to get use to the lack of it here.... So baby wipes and shower became very handy!
I really like these Turkish bidet-WCs! In Holland, they are not for sale either, but since there are quite a lot of Turks living there, you can occasionally run into some sort of second toilet seat with a water spray function built in. (seems to originate from Korea: http://www.tradekorea.com/product-de...te_Bidet_.html) We have one of those in our house in Holland, but here we could not mount it to the cistern because it is completely built-in...

We have a small sink in the toilet, though!
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I really like these Turkish bidet-WCs! In Holland, they are not for sale either, but since there are quite a lot of Turks living there, you can occasionally run into some sort of second toilet seat with a water spray function built in. (seems to originate from Korea: http://www.tradekorea.com/product-de...te_Bidet_.html) We have one of those in our house in Holland, but here we could not mount it to the cistern because it is completely built-in...

We have a small sink in the toilet, though!
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Big fan here! In Turkey, the Bidet fonction is integrated in the toilet itself! I found it very hard to get use to the lack of it here.... So baby wipes and shower became very handy!
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Is barbeque english or french?
It is said to have originated from a Caribbean term for "sacred fire pit." "Barbacoa" (in one form or another) is still widely available and popular in Mexico and parts of Texas, but is very different from barbecue/barbeque/bbq.
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It is said to have originated from a Caribbean term for "sacred fire pit." "Barbacoa" (in one form or another) is still widely available and popular in Mexico and parts of Texas, but is very different from barbecue/barbeque/bbq.
Thought it came from French "Barbaque" which is a synonym for meat.
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Thought it came from French "Barbaque"
You're both wrong, I'm afraid.

In the 1890's, the Savoy Grill Room had a problem with one of the stoves getting too hot. This led to food being wasted and thrown away.

The head chef, Auguste Escoffier, hit upon the idea of recouping some of the lost revenue by selling this waste to other restaurant who could quickly grill the meat to reheat it and serve it to their customers.

The overcooked meat was labelled "Burnt / Bad Quality" or "BBQ" for short.

Over time "BBQ" morphed into "Barbecue" as people assumed it was a French term - what with Auguste Escoffier being French, and all.

As this "BBQ" meat became more popular, chefs around London started to deliberately burn meat to serve an increasing demand that the Savoy supply couldn't sate.

Between the wars this burnt meat was particularly popular, especially among Australian immigrants who manned the bars in these London restaurants. They wrote about the burnt meat to their relatives back home who, misunderstanding, started to burn meat on open fires.

Australian troops used to burn (or "BBQ" as the term became a verb) their rations during WWII to improve the flavour. This caught on with other allied troops and since the end of the war barbecues have been popular the world over.
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