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Posted by Peter Brown on December 16, 2002

In Reply to: Defecate posted by R. Berg on December 14, 2002

: "Take one's ease" might be an archaic euphemism for defecate. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the phrase "to do one's ease," marked obsolete and defined as to relieve the bowels. "Easement" is also defined as "the relieving of the body by evacuation of excrement" (obsolete), with the phrase "to do one's easement."

Thank you very much. This is a big help. -Peter

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