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10 Jun 2019, 5:40 pm

In the South a buggy is a shopping cart.


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10 Jun 2019, 5:41 pm

I was working a train one summer when a lady with an American accent said "Where's Johnny?" or something along those lines... I was puzzled and must have looked at her daft as she corrected herself and said "Where's the bathroom?"
I pointed to the lavatory and said "There it is, but you won't find a bath in it". :p


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10 Jun 2019, 5:42 pm

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Do you find some of the terms we use funny? I mean... What in the USA you call pants we have a totally different thing in our minds her in the UK.
Any other different sayings where ones mind boggles!

Britches for pants.


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10 Jun 2019, 5:43 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
I was working a train one summer when a lady with an American accent said "Where's Johnny?" or something along those lines... I was puzzled and must have looked at her daft as she corrected herself and said "Where's the bathroom?"
I pointed to the lavatory and said "There it is, but you won't find a bath in it". :p

She probably said “the John”.
Around here a bath room is a restroom.


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10 Jun 2019, 5:49 pm

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Mountain Goat wrote:
Do you find some of the terms we use funny? I mean... What in the USA you call pants we have a totally different thing in our minds her in the UK.
Any other different sayings where ones mind boggles!

Britches for pants.

Britches?


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10 Jun 2019, 5:50 pm

"Johnny" is never used for a bathroom--but, "the john" certainly is. That would be a regional variation which I've never heard before.

Like MissLizard says, the Americans call the bathroom the restroom frequently. As Canada calls it the washroom.

In the US, there would be a sign saying "occupied" if someone is using the restroom. In the UK, if someone is using the Loo, the sign would say "engaged."

Britches, I believe, is an alternative form of "breeches."



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10 Jun 2019, 5:52 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Misslizard wrote:
Mountain Goat wrote:
Do you find some of the terms we use funny? I mean... What in the USA you call pants we have a totally different thing in our minds her in the UK.
Any other different sayings where ones mind boggles!

Britches for pants.

Britches?

Yup,I speak Ozark English.


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10 Jun 2019, 5:56 pm

If somebody likes to brag, it is said that person is "too big for his britches."



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10 Jun 2019, 5:57 pm

Are breeches like braces that hold onss trousers up?

You mention restroom. That is what I believe she said the second attempt to ask me which puzzled me even more! Haha. I thought "What is she trying to say?"


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10 Jun 2019, 6:02 pm

Military people call a restroom “ the head.”


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10 Jun 2019, 6:03 pm

Where you get some sleep?


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10 Jun 2019, 6:07 pm

The restroom is the Loo. 100%.

Knee breeches were the items that held what might be considered the precursor to trousers to hose, I believe. They were especially popular in the 18th to early 19th century. Just look at the legs of 18th century people like Horace Walpole and George Washington. They were buttoned down.



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10 Jun 2019, 6:09 pm

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Where you get some sleep?

Bedroom.The only people that rest in restrooms are drunks that have passed out.


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10 Jun 2019, 6:18 pm

The rest room is the same thing as a lavatory. A public room with a commode and sink. "Rest" is just a euphemism for doing bodily functions. Nothing to do with sleeping.

"John" is kinda the American equivalent for the "loo".

Why we call it a "John" I have no idea. But "loo" I have figured out.

On both sides of the Atlantic you would hear "water closet" to mean "the place with the commode" back in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It died out since the second world war on both sides of the Atlantic.

My guess is that in Britain some bunch of Victorian Cockney London proto hipsters began calling the "water closet" the "waterloo" (after the battle that crushed Napoleon), and then years later it got shortened to "loo".



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10 Jun 2019, 6:22 pm

The "WC" (water closet) is the universal, especially European, term for the Loo, bathroom, restroom, toilet, etc.