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Re: Restrooms and washrooms and toilets.

Posted by S. Ryan on February 07, 2003

In Reply to: Restrooms and washrooms and toilets. posted by P Taker on February 07, 2003

: : : : : Hi!

: : : : : I am doing dramaturgy work on an Edward Bond play entitled "A-A-America". One of the lines in the play reads as follows:

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: : : : : STAGEHAND 1: My kids told the wife she took t' goin down the river. Make out she's took short. Hitch up her skirt an squat. The long yeller grass tickle her tail. Regular habit.

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: : : : : We are musing over that "took short" might mean in this context: any insight you can provide would be most appreciated!

: : : : : ~Mollena

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: : : : This phrase is also understood in the UK, though over here it'd be more normally "caught short". It means finding oneself absolutely having to urinate (or defecate) without there being a restroom within attainable distance.

: : : It means the same in the U.S. I had a coal miner acquaintance who used the expression "caught short." He explained that it isn't good to be deep in the mines and have a sudden need to powder one's nose. I'm not sure what facilities a mine has, but they couldn't be very comfy.

: : The equivalent in Ireland is 'short taken.'

: I think it means caught short of TIME so as to be unexpectedly far from toilet facilities.
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: By 'toilet' I mean place to urinate or defecate - not "wash" or "rest". A lavatory means a place to wash and so does a toilet. a "shithouse" only half covers it and a "restroom" is completely off. Anybody got any good words (apart from the Jakes) for that place?

I have heard "that place" referred to as the watercloset, the lou, the john, the head, the outhouse, the bathroom, the crapper, the facilities, the shitter, the jacks...