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The bog

Posted by Shae on September 12, 2003

In Reply to: The bog posted by Word Camel on September 12, 2003

: Why do some people in Britain - I think it may be Irish people in particular - refer to the toilet at "the bog"? Shae?

The Compact OED says it is 'British informal' for toilet. It is seldom used in Ireland, so I think it must indeed be British. 'The john' is another British expression for 'toilet,' while 'the jacks' is commonly used in Ireland. I've no idea why, though.