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How did the toilet get its name?

June 24th, 2008

Another fun stuff for my readers, this time I found something awesome and something I bet everyone wonders once in a while. How did the toilet get its name?

Toilet seems an odd name for the bathroom’s chief plumbing fixture, but it makes sense when you consider that since the seventeeth century, “toilette” meant a lady’s dressing room. The chief purpose of the room was for cleaning up or changing clothes. The other business was done in an “outhouse.” When alavatory became attached during the early nineteenth century, the room changed its main purpose and not only kept its name toilette but applied it to the regal new sitting device. The beauty care and implements or “toiletries” assembled there were so named because they were placed on a fabric table cover called a toile. A toile, like a doily, is a netted decorative cloth.

There you goo….

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