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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambling View Post
    If you're calling it a bathroom, then you're definitely a Yank, unless there is a bathtub in there.
    What do other countries call it? I've heard "loo"... I think "bathroom" is just a euphemism for the most part, we know there's probably not a bathtub in there, it's just a bit nicer to picture someone awash in clean soapy bubbles than doing their other business

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    Why France of all countries? It has been 70 year since France has been had.
    The quote, We all have two countries: our own and France, is attributed to Thomas Jefferson but has been traced back to Henri de Bornier's play, La Fille de Roland (1875), in which Charlemagne utters the line, "Tout homme a deux pays, le sien et puis la France."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    The quote, We all have two countries: our own and France, is attributed to Thomas Jefferson but has been traced back to Henri de Bornier's play, La Fille de Roland (1875), in which Charlemagne utters the line, "Tout homme a deux pays, le sien et puis la France."
    Well, if the king of the Franks said it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    Well, if the king of the Franks said it...
    Indeed, and after a glass of champagne my girlfriend would tell me she was decended from Charlemagne.

    Some would say it was the champagne talking but then she would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that her forebear was Charlemagne. No wonder I was intoxicated by her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylights View Post
    What do other countries call it? I've heard "loo"... I think "bathroom" is just a euphemism for the most part, we know there's probably not a bathtub in there, it's just a bit nicer to picture someone awash in clean soapy bubbles than doing their other business
    Loo, toilet, WC, smallest room....in the UK you'd never say bathroom unless there was a bathtub in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambling View Post
    Loo, toilet, WC, smallest room....in the UK you'd never say bathroom unless there was a bathtub in there.
    It would be toilet unless there is a bath or shower in the room. Loo is kind of informal and "WC" is what you see on signs for public toilets.

    Americans are strange people. They need to learn how to speak English lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    Americans are strange people. They need to learn how to speak English lol.
    What you don't seem to realise is that American English is deracinated Queen's English.

    Yes, it was the American revolutionary lexicographer, Noah Webster, who like all revolutionaries try to turn us back to year zero, who cut the Queen's English off from its historical roots by rationalising the spelling of English.

    And as the full meaning of each English word is historical, Noah Webster, systematically and successfully deracinated the Queen's English and created American English.

    So American English is a slap in the face to the Queen, just as the Statue of Liberty is a slap in the face to the Virgin Mary - but that is a story for another time.

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