a question to all europeans or people who can answer this

wassasbi   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 05:42 GMT
i was in Europe for vacation and i noticed that wherever there was a washroom, it said "W.C" i was just wondering what that stood for
Rugger   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 06:03 GMT
In England the toilet is known as the Water Closet, abbreviated as "W.C".
Clark   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 07:28 GMT
Yeah, when I went to England, I walked right past the toilet because I was used to seeing "Restrooms" in America.
Jay   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 13:43 GMT
Water Closet is an interesting euphemism.
Jamie On   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 15:01 GMT
As far as I knew, water closet was the proper term.
Jamie On   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 15:02 GMT
From OED:


- abbreviation for (n) (Brit.) water closet. [1]

(n) (of a region) west central. [2]
Hythloday   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 22:21 GMT
There are lots of other British English words, slang terms and euphemisms for the W.C. too: bogs, shitter, crapper, can, closet, privy, powder-room, latrine, loo, smallest room, washroom, urinal, thunder-box, comfort station, shit house, and outhouse.

We also have hundreds of euphemisms for going to the toilet too, such as to point Percy at the porcelain and to syphon the python. Do you have any phrases like this?
To Hythloday   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 22:23 GMT
My dad says "take a leek" for going to the toilet.
wingyellow   Sunday, September 21, 2003, 23:46 GMT
should be "take a leak"
Clark   Monday, September 22, 2003, 00:30 GMT
I think in many European countries they have signs that have "WC" even if the language is not English. I know Romania does this, and I think France even does this (but I am not too sure about France).
wassabi   Monday, September 22, 2003, 00:55 GMT
italy has it. but its kind of strange how some of those terms came about
sima   Monday, September 22, 2003, 08:15 GMT
I've seen that sign in France too. What's funny about the French, especially the old generation they use the term "les waters" for bathroom. Pronounce the "R" of waters "à la française".
Clark   Monday, September 22, 2003, 08:39 GMT
Sima, es-tu français(e) ?
---   Monday, September 22, 2003, 08:47 GMT
i have never seen this before (wc). what does water closet suppose to mean?
...   Monday, September 22, 2003, 10:06 GMT
Yeah that is right: in Europe, especially in France and Italy we can see that... but what does it mean:???