Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 07:47:14 -0800 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Re: Lavatory = ? Going to the LOO in Britain or il gabinetto in Italy. Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >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 > >