Sunday, May 9, 2010
Musings on Water Closets
W.C. also commonly refers to the initial letters of Water Closet, which is another word for bathroom. The term is used commonly in France (pronounced "le vay-say" or "le vater"), Romania (pronounced "veh-cheu") and Hungary (pronounced "vey-tsay"). The term is also used in the Netherlands (pronounced "waysay"), Germany (pronounced "ve-tse") and Norway (pronounced "vay-say") and Poland (pronounced "vu-tse"). W.C., despite being an English language abbreviation widely used internationally, is a term not in common use in English-speaking countries like the United Kingdom or the United States--at least not to refer to water closets.
Coincidentally A.B. Homer is traveling to Paris in the next few days, so he may have the chance to be the first W.C. Homer to use a W.C.
For more information see "Toilet" on Wikipedia.