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Loo

Posted by Facey Romford on April 05, 2011 at 14:32

It is often asserted that the word 'loo', meaning a lavatory, derives from a cry of 'guardez l'eau', called as a chamber pot was empied from a window. Is there the slightest evidence for this? What is the earliest occurrence of this explanation? Is it not more likely that 'loo' is simply 'lieu'- the place (as we still tend to pronounce it in such terms as 'time in lieu')?