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Going to the toilet

31st July 2007

Going to the toilet

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Catchy title, huh? One major interesting thing about living in another country, even though it is the country of my birth, is that they use different language here. Obviously the primary language is English, but it’s a different kind of English.

For example…

In New Zealand if you need to ‘use the facilities’, it is not uncommon to ask “Where is the toilet?” Or perhaps you might hear “Where is the loo?” Neither of these are considered rude.

Here in the US, you would ask “Where is the bathroom?” Or even “Where is the restroom?”

I must say, it makes much more sense to me to ask where the toilet is. After all, when I’m out at a restaurant, I’m not planning on taking a bath and there isn’t even a bathtub in the room! So calling it a bathroom is really a misnomer. Precious, my oldest daughter, pointed this out to me last week. We were out somewhere (I don’t remember where) and someone we were with (I don’t remember who. Gotta love my attention to detail) had stepped out to the ‘restroom’. She asked where they had gone and I said that they’d gone to the bathroom. She looked at me with a quizical look and said “They’re taking a bath?”

And if a Kiwi is ever in the States and needs to use the loo, be prepared for a look of contempt if you ask where the toilet is. As if no one knows that’s what we really want!! We don’t want to rest, we’re not taking a bath, we simply need to use the facilities.

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  1. 1 On July 31st, 2007, jen said:

    lol interesting post

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