Once again one of your contributors has me puzzled, and then amused.
In a country where pornography is on open sale and, indeed, is the country with one of the world’s largest porn industries we are faced with a column written by Clinton W. Taylor that is simperingly embarrassed and prim. Coy and prudish even.
What has made me think this way?
It’s Mr. Taylor’s use of varied euphemisms for the simple concept of a toilet. In one article, he gives us “restroom,” “washroom” and “bathroom.”
Of course, we in England have gained the word “loo” over recent years, although that does have a fairly ancient root.
But “bathroom”? Surely that’s where you’ll find a bath. Possibly a shower and toilet, as well. And “restroom”? Who on earth thought that one up? And I have to say that in the rare situation where “washroom” is heard in England, it would refer to the laundry room where one would find the washing machine.
Why do not Americans use the terms WC, lavatory or even toilet?
Truly we are two peoples separated by a common language.p>Yours faithfully,
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?