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Susie
07-01-2005, 02:16 PM
http://members.fortunecity.com/bobbear4u/id63.htm


Susie

annc
07-01-2005, 02:23 PM
http://members.fortunecity.com/bobbear4u/id63.htm
Oh, I was expecting a plunge bath or shower, not a toilet!

ElyseC
07-06-2005, 02:06 PM
Oh, I was expecting a plunge bath or shower, not a toilet!Did you notice that was an Apple Extended Keyboard II and Apple 13" RGB monitor in that image? Not quite sure how to think of that... <g>

annc
07-06-2005, 02:31 PM
Did you notice that was an Apple Extended Keyboard II and Apple 13" RGB monitor in that image? Not quite sure how to think of that... <g>Recognise the keyboard, but I never had the Apple 13" monitor.

ElyseC
07-06-2005, 02:36 PM
Recognise the keyboard, but I never had the Apple 13" monitor.Heh. I still have one. Anyone looking to buy one? <g>

Michael Rowley
07-06-2005, 04:53 PM
Ann:

I was expecting a plunge bath or shower

You have to remember that Americans don't go in so much for dead languages as we do, and prefer 'bathroom' to our 'lavatory'. I don't know what term they used when everyone's privy (another euphemism!) was in the back garden, since I lost my copy of The Specialist long ago.

Susie
07-06-2005, 06:12 PM
Ann:

I don't know what term they used when everyone's privy (another euphemism!) was in the back garden,

It was called the outhouse - there are still some similar structures in places I've visited. They are not particularly charming <G>

ktinkel
07-07-2005, 06:05 AM
It was called the outhouse - there are still some similar structures in places I've visited. They are not particularly charming <G>I have actually lived with an outhouse, briefly. Not nice; even as a little kid I could understand that!

Clark
07-07-2005, 06:21 AM
Maybe it's just the photo, but did anyone else notice that this is a truley "paperless" office?

<g>

Michael Rowley
07-07-2005, 07:40 AM
Susie:

It was called the outhouse

I don't know what the general name for an outhouse is or was in England as I have only experienced two when I was evacuated; one of them was peripatetic, being out on the common.

ElyseC
07-07-2005, 11:19 AM
Maybe it's just the photo, but did anyone else notice that this is a truley "paperless" office?

<g>LOL! <snort cough!>

annc
07-07-2005, 12:53 PM
It was called the outhouse - there are still some similar structures in places I've visited. They are not particularly charming <G>They're still used in some places, and are generally called thunderboxes here.

My neighbours kept the building itself and the concrete path to it, and use it for storing garden stuff.

Michael Rowley
07-07-2005, 01:05 PM
Ann:

generally called thunderboxes here

I thought earth closets (the proper name) were called dunnys in Australia; thunderboxes are portable. In Germany theyr're called Plumpsklosetten or more often Plumpsklos, where the name is basically based on the acoustic effects.

annc
07-07-2005, 05:27 PM
Ann:

generally called thunderboxes here

I thought earth closets (the proper name) were called dunnys in Australia; thunderboxes are portable. In Germany theyr're called Plumpsklosetten or more often Plumpsklos, where the name is basically based on the acoustic effects.In Australia (and this was the question) an outside toilet with a sanitary can for collecting the excreta is called a thunderbox or a dunny, but thunderbox is probably more descriptive. And the Macquarie dictionary supports me on that one.

An earth closet is a dunny (plural dunnies) with a deep hole in the ground instead of a sanitary can, and a box of sawdust/shavings with a scoop in addition to the newspaper squares impaled on a nail or hook of fencing wire.

But we never use the term earth closet here.

Susie
07-07-2005, 06:28 PM
They're still used in some places, and are generally called thunderboxes here..

Thunderboxes? Interesting term. I wonder how they came up with the term.

ElyseC
07-07-2005, 06:46 PM
Thunderboxes? Interesting term. I wonder how they came up with the term.Seems logical to me, because I've always heard people remark euphemistically about sounds emanating from a baby's diapered end as "thunder". :-)

annc
07-07-2005, 07:14 PM
Thunderboxes? Interesting term. I wonder how they came up with the term.They have metal cans... ;-)

Michael Rowley
07-08-2005, 07:28 AM
Ann:

an outside toilet with a sanitary can

Chemical closets are usually called by a proprietary name in England (Elsan); I should imagine that the term 'dunny', a term used otherwise mainly in Scotland, was not applied originally to anything other than an earth closet, which is basically a hole in the ground with a box-like wooden seat over it and a shed round it. Curiously, the ventilation hole in the door of the shed was largely in the form of a heart, if The Specialist (ca 1945?) is to be believed.

we never use the term earth closet

I shouldn't think anyone uses that term except builders and sociologists.

Susie
07-09-2005, 06:57 PM
Seems logical to me, because I've always heard people remark euphemistically about sounds emanating from a baby's diapered end as "thunder". :-)

I see. I never heard that about a baby's diapered end before, although it does make sense.