"pee" goes standard

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sun Jan 13 15:17:55 UTC 2013

In the awfully decorous American South nowadays, I will commonly hear a young woman casually declare, to a group consisting of college students of both sexes and one or more professors, "I gotta go pee."  TMI?


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
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Headline at Yahoo! News:

"Ancient Pompeiians Could Go Upstairs to Pee."

In my day polite individuals didn't use this word in public, much less in a
routine news headline.  You might get a pass if you were a toddler, but
older than that you'd get a reprimand.


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