Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 07:47:14 -0800
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Re: Lavatory = ?
Going to the LOO in Britain or il gabinetto in Italy.
crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ix.netcom.com
I am impressed by the depth and breadth of posters' recollections on
this thread of lavatories, etc. Sali's "simple" and "compound" waste
contribution ("compound-complex", anyyone??) is great. How about
terms in this semantic area in other languages? In Indonesian, for
example, we ask if we can go to the little room (kamar kecil) or
to behind (ke belakang). Dependig on the rurality of the site, we
might be asked if we want to "throw big water" or "little water"
(buang air besar/buang air kecil). Throwing little water might
entail simply stepping behind a suitably distant tree; to throw
big water would be more complex--and hazardous. Stepping gingerly
out on a bamboo trunk slick with rain over a ditch while grasping another
pole for stability indeed concentrates the mind wonderfully for the
task at hand (!)
Any other interesting foreign language euphamisms for this gripping
subject? Chris Brooks / Kuwait