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Going to see a man about a dog

Posted by Patrick on August 05, 2003

I've written previously about some of my grandfather's expressions.

It also occurs to me that when I used to visit my grandparents as a child, my grandmother and grandfather had different ways of referring to going to the toilet. He would say "I'm going to see a man about a dog" and she would say "I need to spend a penny". I can guess the origins of her expression but am less clear on the origins of his. Any ideas?

Could both be classified as euphemisms? Are there many similar expressions?