Originally posted by JAR
does anyone know why they call the toilet the Loo in the UK?
I just found out why this weekend...
Originally posted by FC St. Pauli
it may come from the expression "gardez l'eau" prounounced by medieval Scottish people
France and Scotland once had a close anti-English alliance and there were a lot of French influences in Scotland - as well French was the cool language to speak in much of Europe for 100s of years
people would shout "gardez! l'eau" --> look out! water! before throwing their chamberpots out into the street
this was corrupted in Scots to "Gardy Loo!" and hence Loo = washroom, WC, water closet
this has not been proven although and the ultimate origin I believe is unknown
thank you - am I right?