It is often about choosing the right word.
Calling it a “restroom” is deceiving. Unless you plan on lounging in a bubble bath, there’s very little rest that occurs within its four walls. Yet referring to it as a “toilet” does limit its scope.
This came to my mind yesterday when someone rose to their feet and announced that they were going to go “take a dump.”
Honest to God, I try not to be prejudiced about what comes off the lips of fellow-travelers, but certain phrases were never meant for general hearing, and may not have been necessary for coining and phrasing in the first place.
I am not going to gross you out by discussing these options.
Yet I’m not certain why I need to announce my bathroom agenda to the room anyway.
And certainly referring to the process as “dumping” lacks, shall we say, some charm.
That is the beauty of the word “bathroom.”
Since it contains a bath, which is the least offensive part of the enclosure, honoring that purpose is kind and considerate.
I suppose that’s how we came up with “living room.”
I don’t know what the source of “den” would be.
And I do think “bedroom” is more practical than “sleep or sex chamber.”
Do you see what I mean?
Some people feel very liberated by saying the first thing that comes off the top of their head. But I have always found it much more pleasant to procure verbiage … from several deeper layers.
Thank you for enjoying Words from Dic(tionary) — J.R. Practix
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