what do you call the toilet where you live?

@katsalot1 (1619)
March 5, 2009 11:26am CST
I had a response to a discussion, where someone mentioned CRs. I had to ask what they were as I hadn't heard of them. He kindly replied that they were comfort rooms, which I hadn't heard of either, so I asked him. He replied that they were restrooms or where you pee. That got me thinking of all the names toilets are known by in the UK - WCs (short for Water Closets), lavatories, public coveniences (toilets for public use), toilets, and loos. I know in US they are called restrooms and bathrooms, but what about all the other names in different countries? What are they normally called where you live?
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38 responses
@jenisky (406)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
hello, i live here in the philippines, we also called it toilet, CR which a shortcut for comfort room, restroom, however we have filipino term for toilet too,its called banyo or palikuran - which means toilet..i hope i gave you onother idea of the other terms used for toilets
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@kissieme (777)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Hi, I'm from Philippines too... at some rural parts of Philippines, they call the toilet as "kubeta" (an old term rarely used nowadays) ^_^
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@kissieme (777)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Oh, I forgot.. in a much formal events, we use the term "ladies room" for women and "gents room" for guys... From the previous call center I worked at, we call the toilet room as the "john."
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• India
5 Mar 09
I live in India. And here almost everyone will understand if you call it bathroom or toilet.
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@fren45 (898)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 09
what about in your language ?
• United States
6 Mar 09
Being that I live in the states the room is called the bathroom and the potty is called a toilet. No biggie there. I have heard it called a potty room, a camode, a powder room, ladies room or mens room. Thats about all I can think of. I think I am going to have fun reading the other names. I bet I get reminded of other names I have heard here but forgot.
@reichiru (748)
• Canada
6 Mar 09
In Canada, toilets are just toilets (and washrooms and restrooms). I remember back in Taiwan though all the washrooms had WC written on them, took me quite a number of years before I found out that they meant Water Closets, and still I don't really understand why they're called Water Closets. Seems like a really funny name to me.
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• China
6 Mar 09
in China we call toilets "??".By the way,I'm living in Wuhan,a big city which is located in the middle of China. Happy mylotting!
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• China
6 Mar 09
Oh my god! I typed chinese characters above to translate toilet in Chinese but the two characters turned out not to be shown here. I'm sorry for that.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
Candy above said the phonetic version was 'ce shuo' - is it the same in Mandarin and Cantonese?
• China
6 Mar 09
That's right. the phonetic version is 'ce suo' in Chinese mandarin.But the pronunciation is not the same in Cantonese. There're many versions of dialects quite different in china especially in the Southern part.For some place,people even can't understand the dialect spoken by the people living in a adjacent city.
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@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
5 Mar 09
I call it the toilet a toilet where I live or I 'll say bathroom. When I lived with my parents my dad called it the toilet the white horse, or the gabanet that means bathroom in Italian.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
White horse and gabanet are new to me! Thanks for the info.
• United States
7 Mar 09
Katsalot1 your welcome there the only ones I can think of.
• United States
7 Mar 09
catilda the reason they call it a white horse is because most toilets are white. If sat on it looks like your on a white horse. That's my assumtion I don't know the actual reason why its called that.
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@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Here in Philippines most of the people will call it a CR or comfort room. But I have learned when before when I was still young that it is wrong. The right name for it is Restroom or Bathroom. Since then I started using those names. Some also calls it toilet or "banyo" in local dialect. I just learned from my husband that is some states they call it WC or "wash cabins." But here at home he put a sticker at the door or our bathroom that says "office." Since then we called it that way and every visitors who come to our house are laughing and tells us that we are very unique.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
I suppose if you say 'I just have to visit the office' it makes you sound very industrious!
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
Yes that is a good thing to say. You have a nice point there! And I just want to add that when we have visitors at home and my husband or I is missing, if one of them asks where we are, I or my husband will say she/he is in the office. Then all their foreheads become crinkled! LOL! Then again we explain and expound the reason why and where is that "office" located.
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• Indonesia
6 Mar 09
hahaha.. cool thread, in my county, indonesia, ppl use to call it, WC, toilet, and kamar mandi or kamar kecil ^^
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
I think I am going to make a long list of the different names for toilets - it would be useful for people visiting other countries. Thanks for the response.
@tess99 (17)
• China
6 Mar 09
cesuo or maoce or maofang
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
What country are you in?
• United States
6 Mar 09
I call my toilet the dark throne lol seems like a fitting name to me.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
6 Mar 09
That sounds like something out of Dungeons and Dragons, the sort of place it's scary to visit!
@mrsl2008 (635)
5 Mar 09
ROFL!!!!!!! I love it!! We just call it the loo x nothing special although as I have a 1 year old I'm sure when we come to potty train it will probaly be called something else!! MrsL x x
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@falconx (255)
• Finland
6 Mar 09
wc for me!
@reneerose (106)
• United States
5 Mar 09
What an odd topic for conversation, but I guess variety keeps things interesting, doesn't it? We most often call it the "Potty" because we have several little kids in our family. It is also referred to as: the toilet the restroom the bathroom (whether or not there is a bathtub in there) the crapper (when hubby's friends are over) the loo (when my teenage son is feeling a touch anglophile :-)) the john the lavatory(no idea where that word comes from) It is a curious thing to have so many different names to refer to the very same room. I believe that there are different emotions tied to each term and that will decide which name gets used at that moment!
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@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
That's an odd way to look at it - emotions tied to what name you use, I'll have to think about that! I've always thought it strange to call it the bathroom when there is no bath in it.
@GADHISUNU (2164)
• India
5 Mar 09
In India, if English is used, the word is Toilet. It is called WC(Water Closet) in Civil Engineering documents. The loo is called Urinals. In Railroad info plates they are called lavatories. In Hindi the term used is "shauchaalaya" which translates to "Cleanliness Room". There are about 23 official languages in India. Most have shauchaalaya or a minor variation of this as the word; the list will be too long and uninteresting.
@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
Thankyou for responding - 'cleanliness room', if I heard that I would have thought that it meant a bathroom for washing.
@littleone3 (2065)
5 Mar 09
I am also in the UK here is some more names that refer to the toilet in our house. The bog, the little men's room or the little girls room. Also the men's room or the ladies room. I have also heard people, mostly woman say that they are going to powder their nose when they need to use the bathroom.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
I'd forgotten bog. I haven't heard anyone say they were going to 'powder their nose' for many years, do people still say it?
• United States
5 Mar 09
We call it the toilet or the comode.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
Here, a commode is a chair with a sort of pan underneath that can be emptied, for invalids.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Thats weird. I never knew there was different names. I just though restroom, bathroom, or toilet. I never considered other names. I know they used to call it the john. Then there was latrinne or something like that. So yeah everyone does have different but odd names i guess.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
5 Mar 09
I'd forgotten about latrines, I've always connected them with ditches.
@shaggin (37115)
• United States
6 Mar 09
This is kind of a funny yet serious discussion. Who would have thought there would be so many different names for bathrooms. I have never heard of comfort rooms or water closets but I have heard of powder rooms which is the same thing. When I was in school the teachers called the bathrooms lavatories or lavs for short. I just read a book and the characters called the toilets loos. I know some people also call toilets johns. When you go to The Outback Steakhouse restaurant the womens bathroom says Sheilas on the door. I can't remember what the mens room door says though. It doesnt matter to me what people want to call the bathroom as long as there is a toilet some place thats all that matters to me. I am glad I have never had to use an out house like they used to have to do in the olden days.
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@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
6 Mar 09
I normally call it "toilet" when I talked to my family/very close friends. Call it "washroom", "restroom" when I talked to other people. Happy myLotting:))
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
6 Mar 09
yES WE CALL THEM bATHROOMS, i AM CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT OTHER cONTRIES CALL THEM?
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
In my country, it's usually called the CR or comfort room. How interesting. In our local dialect, it's known as the banyo, but of course we don't refer to it as such when abroad. :) I also call it the washroom sometimes, but never the WC. I have never heard of water closets and public lavatories. very interesting.
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