"pee" goes standard

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jan 14 12:53:52 UTC 2013

And "go to the bathroom" has, grotesquely, become all-but standard for 'defecate':  as in "He went to the bathroom in his pants."

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Wilson Gray [hwgray at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 11:54 PM

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
> TMI?

Indeed! A quiet, lady-like "I gotta drop a deuce" should suffice.

But, seriously, folks, my vote goes to a simple "Excuse me." Even "I
have to go to the bathroom" used to annoy me, back in my dating years.
OTOH, I've always been cool with, "Where is the ladies' room?" Though
the use of "bsthroom" as the general term for "public house of
leisure" is now <sob!> pretty much the current standard, I still wish
that it had died a-borning.


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