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    Default Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    Last weekend we went out for a birthday dinner at a restaurant in New Lynn. The meal was lovely but one thing made me wonder. There was a door off to one side marked "Bathrooms". When I asked our daughter why they would have bathrooms in a restaurant she told me that is where the toilets are.
    "So why don't they label them "toilets" then?" I asked. "Surely that makes more sense." She told me everybody knows what that means. But if that's what they mean, why don't they say so? That's the first place I have seen toilets marked as bathrooms. I would have thought that a bathroom is somewhere you would go for a wash, a shower or a bath, which is why I wondered why they would have bathrooms in a restaurant.

    What I found out later after hearing her say, "Everybody knows what that means," is that everyone who watches Yank TV shows knows what that means is because the Yanks call toilets bathrooms. But we have no time for the rubbish on Yank TV shows and never watch them, so we don't know what that means.

    So why do these people have to follow the Yanks? Why don't they call toilets what they are: toilets? Then people such as ourselves who don't watch rubbishy Yank TV, would know where the toilets are.
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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    Very american.
    Sure some have a loo in the bathroom in houses but never seen that in a commercial setup.
    Shower anyone while you dine?

    Its a toilet.
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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    We had that a while back, had people over for a BBQ and someone said they needed to use the Bathroom - I said NO you cant - We dont have one

    If you want a shower, through the kitchen to the hall, turn Right straight ahead, towels in Hall cupboard , if you want the toilet, through Kitchen turn right to the hall, 1st on the right.

    They were not to amused at first Then saw the funny side.

    We don't have a bath, only a shower

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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    I can't understand " sleeping together " when that's the thing that doesn't happen !

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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    The Aussies get rid of the guesswork.

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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    What about water closet (W.C.)?
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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    Quote Originally Posted by zqwerty View Post
    What about water closet (W.C.)?
    They left off Shitehouse?


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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    The Aussies get rid of the guesswork.
    The ones at Staglands has a few people going errrrrrrrrrr

    Its "Interesting" watching people stand outside until someone who knows which is which goes in (mens or ladies) LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    The ones at Staglands has a few people going errrrrrrrrrr

    Its "Interesting" watching people stand outside until someone who knows which is which goes in (mens or ladies) LOL

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    I'm not sure these should be on the same sign. And it was at an Airport, but I just can't recall which one.

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    Default Re: Bathrooms - why don't they call them what they are: toilets?

    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
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