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Why do the British say the “loo”?


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  1. lividemerald says:

    Nice toilet humor! Of course, “eau” is pronounced like a long vowel “o” in French. As for “lieu,” it is pronounced like “lyeu” where ‘y” is a consonant and “eu” sounds a lot like the “oo” in the English word “good.” I don’t know why the French would say “Gardez l’eau !” as that would mean to keep the water, not get rid of it. Unless “gardez” is a shortened form of “regardez”–though that sounds iffy to me.

  2. apatheticactivist says:

    think tank.

    And can I say that loo is a regional word and much of Britain as far as I can tell does use the word toilet.

  3. omaar says:

    the loo and bathroom and W.C so what does W.C means?

    • apatheticactivist says:

      W.C means is short for water closet. don’t know why though…

      • marktjeffrey says:

        Water Closet (often abbrevaited as WC all across Europe) is a polite form of euphemism for the toilet, that probably came about from the “smallest room” being little larger than a closet, and having a water tank for flushing purposes.

        In fact I’m going to challenge Marina on this one, because I think the derivation of Loo comes from this.

        Water Closet was sometimes referred to as the Waterloo (after the famous battle) as an even less offensive euphemism, which then got shortened to Loo. QED.

        BTW, I grew up near a town called Waterlooville, which was supposedly built up around a camp of soldiers returning from the great battle.

  4. omaar says:

    wut is da different between trip and travel

  5. James says:

    my 7 yr old brother calls it the wee wee house

  6. matalexwolf says:

    awsome, sadly i have always wondered about the origin of this word, thanx teach :smile:

  7. jvmiller03 says:

    the John

  8. pwelborn says:

    Dear Teacher,
    Oreilly has done it again, what does “Lagubrious” mean? :?:

  9. pwelborn says:

    Dear Teacher,
    Bill has done it again ! What does Lagubrious mean?

  10. makcoco says:

    funny word

  11. donfelipegonzales says:

    Dear teacher
    “Garde à l’eau! Garde à l’eau!” which means:Get away from here, I’m gonna wash your hair with my urine
    Thank you for this very interesting lesson
    Don Felipe

  12. mello-g37 says:

    How abou tthe word BURST……BURSTING…

  13. mello-g37 says:

    the ‘ THUNDERHOUSE ‘

    the BOG

    going for a DUMP……..spending a penny

    cockney slang…….Jimmy riddle ……. :grin: :wink:


  14. pennsyltucky9 says:

    Looks like all the best and most-used euphemisms for toilet are present and accounted for except one: “the hopper.”

  15. titofromtx says:

    Luv you honey!:)

  16. greenbush says:

    Still getting caught up. Words for toilet: can, crapper, john, head, WC, water closet, latrine, commode, outhouse, (bidet ?)

  17. beewrangler81 says:

    How about John, outhouse or the sand box.

  18. lambeausouth says:

    Well, Marina, the military calls it a latrine and also the head. I’d like to know where the term “the head” came from?

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      Hi lambeausouth,

      For a nice report on this subject, scroll down this page to CaptainJack’s comment of July 4th, 8:50am. It’s all very well outlined and I was surprised by what I learned there.


  19. ZYZY says:

    I have also heard people calling the Loo as
    “the JOHN”,
    “the TOILET”,
    “the LAST HOUSE’,
    “the HEAD”,
    “the TORPEDO BAY” :lol:
    “the THINKING ROOM” and also
    “the THRONE”.

    Thanks Marina, you’ve gotten’ me much more interested in Etymology.
    Keep up the GREAT JOB. :smile:

  20. nw2394 says:

    Other words for “loo”.

    Americans seem to say “bathroom” or “restroom” when they come over here. Like in can I use your “restroom?” This cracks us up in England. Like you want to rest or take a bath in there!! Like you must be crazy dude – but we try not to laugh.

    Other words – er -
    karzy, kazi, carsey (Brit version of English – from Italian, casa = house, according to my dictionary).

    Shithouse. Also brick shithouse. As in the phrase “built like a brick shithouse” – meaning – well it isn’t in my dictionary – like it was built very stoutly – often to refer to a person – presumably from the time when a lot of people had a loo at the bottom of the garden made like a shed – to have your shithouse made from bricks – well that was the bogs dollocks.

    The bog

    Can’t think of any more just now.


  21. souljablacc66 says:

    Heya Marina,
    just wanted to suggest the word “farfetched” Thx if u do :mrgreen:
    from Souljablacc66
    Aka (youtube acc) Vgwiz28

  22. toysjoe says:

    Yes. I remember where that came from.

    Someone asked why Americans call LIEUTENANTS “loo-tenants” (lol loo tenants)

    and why the British call them “lef-tenants”.

    I heard somewhere that the reason is because they don’t want to have the “loo” in such a high title.

    That was probably way off, but still.

    Can’t believe people used to dump stuff out on the streets like that. At least the plague taught everyone a tough lessson.

    Great lesson again.

    • Arx Virtus says:

      As Marina stated in her loo video, “lieu” means place.

      The word tenant means “holder,” such as a lease holder, or tenant, of an apartment (or flat).

      Lieutenant literally translated is place-holder. It generally means someone holding the place of his/her superior, one who whose authority is to be obeyed in as if it were of his superior, or one acting as a deputy or next-in-command.

      In military parlance, the rank of Lieutenant is just under Captain, but it could also be a Lieutenant Commander or Lieutenant General. Outside of the military, there are Lieutenant Governors.

      Unfortuantely, I’m not able to find any information on the pronunciation of “lef-ten-ant” except that it was spelled with an F as far back as the 1300′s.

      • Marina says:

        I did a lesson on that word Arx Virtus, it was pronounced with an F as the British thought they heard a WUH sound when the French said lieu.. and that gradually became became v or f sound to ultimately the f sound.
        Here is the video: lieutenant
        I think it might be related to the letters U and V.. and the letter W (double U???), they are Vs not Us
        I will be doing a video on that shortly as well.

  23. pianistxviolinist says:

    I wanna know where did the world “jawn” come from

  24. How many quatloos does it take to exchange 100 flurdiflatts?

  25. scelfo79 says:

    It must be a guy thing..but one of my all time fun movies is the “Hunt for the Red October”
    In the movie the US Navy sonar guy’s states the Russian Sub is pulling a “Crazy Ivan”
    It that a real expression used by submariners or is just made up for film.?
    Anyway, you are the most innovative and enjoyable website I visit every day.
    Please keep up your great work!!!!
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  26. pedantickarl says:

    Hello CaptainJack,
    I’m bringing the bottom discussion about intelligence up here.

    From her command of the English language and reading her comments, I venture a guess that Marina’s intelligence is above 150 or Genius level. Remember Edison’s quote; “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration”.

    On the web you can find the top most recent intelligent women. Two gorgeous intelligent women from several decades ago that come to mind, and there are many, is Marilyn Vos Savant who reportedly has an IQ of 186+ and Jill St. John, a Bond girl, with a reported IQ of over 150.

    Lots of fascinating women, and we are privileged to be in the company of a new star.

    • CaptainJack says:

      Tnks pedantickarl.

      Well Im sure Marina would qualify for membership in Mensa. You only need 132 or so. Regardless what her score would be she is very smart, fun, driven to goals, caring, responsible, etc. Which are all great factors I like to see in people, especially in women. It really hard to spot intelligence physically. I see a pretty girl walk down the street and automatically I think of her as being another sheeple. I see a lesser attractive woman thinking she might be smart and find out she is also a sheeple. Even when I watch Marina’s video I don’t see her intelligence right off the bat. Its only when she speaks and writes in her blog then I see the intelligence. So this total sumps me when I go out dating. Im alway thinking can I have an intelligence and fun conversation with this person? Usually I figure this out by the first or second date. I also keep sex completely out of the picture. People make a lot of exceptions when sex is involved. Going back to my original test that I do when dating someone. I use the two brains in a jar theory (you know like in Futurama show). If I can have a wonderful fulfilling relationship with a woman as just to minds in a jar, then that my test. Anything less would be just well unfair. Its just going through the motions of being a couple. :neutral:
      Yes there is more to that, but two minds in a jar is a good start.

      Yea I see Miss Marina as a star. She will go far in her journey where ever that takes her. :grin:

      Hope the my rant wasn’t boring you. I’m sorry if do. Just speak your mind and let me know. :grin:

  27. roadrunrnch says:

    Did I read were Marina or someone had asked if other Countrys have 4th of July?

    duH.. yes. Right after the 3rd and before the 5th. Duh..

  28. arxvirtus says:

    “Le lieu” sounds more likely. Firstly, lieu sounds more like loo than “L’eau” does. L’eau sounds more like “lo.”

    Secondly, Many English words came from French during the period of Norman rule over parts of Britannia. For example, do you know why we call meat from a cow “beef”, meat from a pig “pork”, and meat from a deer “venison”?

    Beef is from Old French “boef” which is from the Latin “bos” which means cow.

    Pork Old French “porc” which is from the Latin “porcus” which means pig.

    Last of all, venison from Old French “venaison” from Latin “venation” (meaning a product of hunting).

    The British lower classes just used the word of the Norman ruling class. :smile:

  29. june201955 says:

    Hi Marina! I would like to request; where did the origination of the word “HOTEL” come from? Happy 4th of July to you!
    Dobre Utra! (I think it’s spelled right this time).

  30. mikehuntissowet says:

    Hello, my dear teacher, I would like to request the words:

    1)Hat Trick.
    3)Camel toe.

    Thank you.

  31. jlar says:

    Hi Marina, I was wondering the origin of the phrase, “to play hookie” as in to pretend you’re sick to skip school/work. Great work as always!

    • prospero811 says:

      It’s a Portmanteau word. It started out with high school kids skipping school to get a little nookie. Usually they went to someone’s home to do it, so it became “home nookie” and eventually hookie or hooky.

      • annuddermale says:

        i thought it was from Peter Pan

        Peter: “How about we go play a trick on ol’ one-hand?”
        Lost Boys: “You mean you want to play a trick on Captain Hook again?:
        Peter: “Sure – it beats growing up.”
        Lost Boys: “Alright! Let’s go play Hooky!”… :mrgreen:

      • prospero811 says:

        dude, I made it up. I don’t know where the word came from. Did you really think “home nookie” sounded right? :lol: Damn, I’m good! :!:

  32. lostforwords says:

    The funny thing is that the French used to mark public toilets W.C. which stands of course for the archaic English “water closet”–the original English word for a flushing toilet, which is also itself weird because it’s not a closet at all!

    Furthermore, our word toilet (which is considered a tacky word in Britain by the way–polite people don’t use it, but it is used) is derived from the French, toilette, which originally was not a not a word for a toilet at all, but for either the act of a woman bathing, or a woman dressing or her putting on make-up.

    Finally, It is also used to refer to the total result of all of these feminine preparations (hairstyle, makeup and outfit)–the whole result of the way a woman has turned herself out. This is what we refer to now with the slang word “look,” but I can’t think of a formal parallel in English. Can you think of a term that refers at once to oufit, to hairstyle and to makeup other than look?–I can’t.

    More recently of course, the French term has been influenced by the English use of the word toilet and now commonly refers to the toilet!

    Another widespread English term for the loo, which is a polite term, is the familiar one of “bog.”

    • lostforwords says:

      I forgot one addtional meaning of the French toilette–it also refers to the dressing table at which a woman would do her toilette–confusing!

    • okay4now says:

      The first bathrooms (toilets) were put into what were formerly closets in old buildings (W.C.), remember indoor plumbing was really an amazing structural advancement. Of course, you realize that the Romans had it–even before they had England.

  33. chaboki92 says:

    well latley me and my friends have been using the word “INCOGNITO” and I got to wondering, what was the origin to thaty word I looked it up couldn’t really get anything so i was wondering if you could figure it out… and happy fouth of july!

    • arxvirtus says:

      The Latin word “cognitus” means “known.” Its where we get the words “cognition” and “recognize.” Thus, incognito means “unknown.” If you travel incognito, you travel as an unknown, anonymous or “could-be-anyone” person.

  34. galloffdaniel says:

    watch out…. :oops: :oops:

  35. galloffdaniel says:

    whatch out :oops:

  36. galloffdaniel says:

    Here in mexico, there’s a word like “what out!” which in Spanish the meaning is “Aguas!” and the translation of this word in English is “Watter”. The root of this word, comes from the 1700′s where people used to throw through the window the contents of the recipient they used as a toilet. So, before they do this, they used to shout “Aguas” and then throw every thing to the street. YAKKK…

    Marina, Is there a meaning for YAKKK?

  37. kneeling_nothing says:

    “Atom” comes from Greek “temnein”, to cut (temple also comes from the same word). “A” as usual means “not”. So “atom” means “unsplittable” or so. By now, we know a lot of subatomic structures, but 250 years ago this was not the case. And anyway, you cannot divide an atom without changing qualitatively the properties of matter.

    As for water flowing down in opposite directions on either side of the equator, that´s a fairy tale. It would work if the closets were some km in diameter, but USUALLY they are not, so many other effects are more important than the Coriolis force. What happens at the equator, by the way? Do closets just not work at all ;-)?

  38. nightbug says:

    got the word:

    EMPATH! <3


  39. gedwoods2002 says:

    What about some “Q” words? For example,


    I particularly like “quincunx” but “quagmire” is great too, quixotic and quim are of interest too… I’m sure there are other “q-words” that are worth investigating as well

  40. guy55it says:

    in french “lieu” is pronounced LIÖ (the german Ö)
    and “l’eau” is pronounced LO

    your investigation seems correct ( O, OO, Ö are “cousins”)

  41. prostye dvizheniya says:

    HI Marina!
    What’s the origin of the word “dumbbell?”
    I know it’s used for lifting weights but what’s with the dumb and the bell?

  42. wolffengong says:

    Hello my dear Techer :idea: , i want to request the word “climax” can you elaborate your answer into a practical meaning? thank you -
    Your Naughty student WOLFFENGONG :!: :wink:

  43. protac6 says:

    Can I request the meaning of “hardheaded” or “fad” please Marina.

    Your the best

  44. roadrunrnch says:

    Wow Guys,
    This is the best comment page yet. You even have Marina giving thought provoking answers. I went to Youtube on the 3rd and tried invite more to come by and visit ( Hope that’s not a NO, NO.) Might piss off Lisanova, No matter, If they came by today they will be impressed.
    I don’t want to jinks it, so I will just read for now.

    RRResting. :grin:

  45. protac6 says:

    Didn’t they do that in Romeo and Juliet? Or they said something about dumping the toilet water out the window?

  46. swampwiz says:

    Марина, another word for the toilet is the “library”, as it is a good place to read. LOL!

    How about the word “tycoon”. That is an interesting word that does not seem to have an easy to figure origin.

    • Arx Virtus says:

      Tycoon is likely from Japanese tai-kun meaning a “great lord.” It eventually came to be the title for any very rich person who controlled a business “empire.”

  47. capman911 says:

    This one is going better than the panties game we played. Every thing is just as much fun as riding in a honey wagon. Yeehaw :lol: :lol:

  48. tedt says:

    It would be nice if you can find something about the word “Atom”, the meaning, construction and use nowadays.

    I will download the video, so I can remember it easily. :???:

  49. phil_in_a_box says:

    I’d like to learn more about words related to “hap.” How are “happen” and “happy” related? Where does that word stem come from?

    This is a question I’ve had since I learned the word “glücklich.”

  50. ichigo042 says:

    the throne :smile:

  51. prospero811 says:

    The interesting history of the water closet:

    Sir John Harrington, godson to Queen Elizabeth, set about making a “necessary” for his godmother and himself in 1596 – it is the first known example of a water closet, but he never made another one.

    180 years later Alexander Cummings, reinvented Harrington’s water closet. Cummings invented the Strap,a sliding valve between the bowl and the trap. It was the first of its kind.

    In 1777, Samuel Prosser applied for and received a patent
    for a plunger closet.

    In 1778 Joseph Bramah made a closet with a valve at the bottom of the bowl that worked on a hinge,a predecessor to the modern ballcock. Heh heh…. “ballcock.”

    Thomas Twyford revolutionized the water closet business in 1885 when he built the first trapless toilet in a one-piece, all china design.

    The first Americans awarded a patent for a water closet are James T. Henry and William Campbell. In 1875 their plunger closet resembled some of the twin-basin water closets developed and derided in England. These units were less than sanitary and shunned by some of the industry’s earliest pioneers.

    The myth that has persisted — that Thomas Crapper invented the toilet – is false!

    • okay4now says:

      I have a brother who’s a developer and putting in waterless toilets. He has been preaching about them for years & years and now he’s finally going to really use this great (his words) world saving device.

    • capman911 says:

      Ok so I can’t spell. Dang it. I am glad you corrected me. There you big bully. :lol: :lol:

    • pennsyltucky9 says:


      Happy 4th, geronimo.

      I’m curious about your career choice. How did you break into the business; did you have to get certified or attend classes to get work as an investigator? Did you start out as a process server or a law enforcement officer or something? Do tell!

  52. the shaun says:

    Hm.. Toilet, Shitter, John, Potty. That is all I can think of

  53. capman911 says:

    Just think there are 207 comments about a Loo or toilet. That is a lot of sh1t floating around. :lol: :lol:

  54. karabear25493 says:

    i have a ton of FRECKLES, where did that word come from. AND APARTMENT(why is it called an apartment if it is together)

  55. quagmier8 says:

    Have you ever called Europe on the Great White Telephone?
    Drop the Kids Off at the Pool?

  56. kostas38m says:

    Hey Marina same words > toilet, throne, wc, at Greek we say τουαλέτα or χέστρα :wink:

  57. claudiaz says:



  58. CaptainJack says:

    My nautical word list with first attested date. Why did I pick them? Some I use often, some were funny, some were just because. This is not a word request Marina so don’t get your skirt in a bind. :roll:

    Artificial eye – 1961
    Baboon Watch – 1300?
    Baggywrinkle – 1961
    Baldheaded – 1961
    Bareboat – 1976
    Beetle – AD 897
    Bitter end – 1627
    Bloody Flag – 1976
    Blue Peter – 1823
    Bobstay – AD 1100?
    Booby-hatch – 1840
    Bottle-screw – 1961
    Breastwork – 1769?
    Buttock – 1627
    Chinese gybe – 1976
    Cow hitch – 1867
    Cut and run – 1704
    Cut water – 1644
    Dagger-board – 1375
    Davy Jones – 1751
    Dead horse – 1832
    Dead Marine – 1785
    Dead reckoning – 1613
    Dickey, Dicky – 1801
    Duck up – 1706
    Dutchman – 1859
    Frenchman – 1846
    Galley – BC 3000
    Gingerbread work – 1748
    Gripe – 1627
    Guy – 1620
    Hemp – 1300?
    Holystone – 1823
    Hooker – 1641
    Irish pennants -????
    Jackass – 1867
    Jew’s harp – 1750
    Larboard – 1300
    Limey – 1859
    Marina – 1935
    Marry – 1815
    Meet her – 1776
    Murderer – 1497
    Necklace – 1860
    Niggerheads – 1927
    Petty Officer – 1760
    Picaroon – 1624
    Poop – 1486
    Portuguese parliament – 1897
    Powder-Mondey – 1682
    Prick – 1595
    Rumbo 1846
    St Elmo’s Fire – 1561
    Scotchman – 1841
    Scull – 1345
    Sheepshank – 1627
    Skipper’s Daughters – 1390?
    Snatch – 1867
    Snob – 1781
    Suck the monkey – 1797
    Thieves’ cat – 1867
    Turk’s Head – 1833
    Twice-laid – 1592

    • capman911 says:

      Ok Jack I have to ask. What is suck the monkey. :shock: I hear laughing in the back ground but you peaked my interest. :???:

      • Bob says:

        And what about Kissing the Captain’s Daughter?

      • prospero811 says:

        Maybe that happens after you shake hands with the governor?

      • annuddermale says:

        and your baggy is wrinkled?… :shock:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Suck the Monkey – To drink from a bottle; later,to drink spirits from a coconut emptied of its milk, brought on board by West Indian woment during the War of American Independence (1775-82). ‘Suck from Old English ‘sucan’, corresponding to the Latin ‘sugere’, plus monkey.

        I call them “Dead Sea Gerbils”, some call them Baggywrinkles
        - padding to prevent chafe, made up of bunches of old rope yarn, sennet, etc., often knotted across two strands of marline. Also spelt ‘bag-o’ -wrinkle’, ‘baggy rinkle’, ‘bag a wrinkle’, etc; not applied to the wrinkeld sagging of a badly cut or stretched sail.
        The spelling ‘bag-o’ wrinkle’ is the most likely etymology to offer. The word is not in the OED as far as I can tell.

        Skipper’s Daughters – refers to high white-crested breaking waves. I used to call them just white caps.
        Skipper strictly, a sailor qualified by examination to act as a Master, but commonly applied to captains of relatively small craft, or indeed to those who act as such, whether competent or not.
        Adapted from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German ‘schipper’, from ‘schip’, a ship: similar words, some identical to the English (as in Frisian and Danish) exist in other related languages.

    • Bob says:

      Are you familiar with this site, Jack?

      • capman911 says:

        I bet n****r heads draws a lot of attention. Especially if you are in port. :???:

      • capman911 says:

        I don’t know about Jack’s if he even has one, but if she is old enough. :twisted:

      • CaptainJack says:

        No Bob, Tnks I even bookmarked it.

      • CaptainJack says:

        Niggerheads – Bollards, and sometimes called winch heads. A nigger-headed sail is one whose leech has acquired and inward curve. from ‘nigger’ (itself and alteration of ‘neger’, from the French ‘negre’) plus ‘heads’. First attested in this nautical sense in 1927 in Bradford, Glossary.

        “I don’t know about Jack’s if he even has one, but if she is old enough. :twisted:” I didn’t get the joke. Your sentence was to short or im blond headed today… :roll:

      • Bob says:

        How do you think you’re going to make Teacher’s Pet by making blonde jokes, Jack? :razz:

      • annuddermale says:

        Jack wants to pet Teacher, not be Teacher’s Pet…

        which is his undoin’… :cool:

      • Bob says:

        Well, don’t we all? :twisted:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Bob, Im going to keep making all the bloody blond joke I want to make. I used to be blond so I have every right. I even had hair longer than what Marina has right now. :grin: Anyways I don’t want to make teacher pet. Thats all in the history books. I like annuddermale idea. I want a teacher for a pet! Can you hear it now?”Come here Marina, come on, come Marina, come site on daddy lap. Awe thats a good girl. Your such a good girl, yea she is. Oh you want your belly rubbed? you want your belly rubbed? Your such a good girl…Yes you are!..” The only problem is Kobey would get jealous.

    • roadrunrnch says:

      capman911 replied on July 4th, 2008 11:24 am:

      I bet n****r heads draws a lot of attention. Especially if you are in port.

      Only if He is in America. It has little more then a word used to describe a color. ie Black ( Negro )

  59. klemanzol says:

    I have a word request !
    Why it is black :smile: ?

  60. labbatt78 says:

    I wonder if anybody’s heard of John Toiletseat as in prank calls?

  61. murdoc129 says:

    Hi, here in Mexico, we tell the toilet the throne (El Trono) as a joke. I don’t know why, but is funny when someone says: Well I need to go to the throne. Saludos a Cesar.

  62. sniperskaya says:

    I wonder how this ties into the old nursery rhyme “Skip to The Loo”? :twisted:

  63. davemarkwz says:

    HEY !!!
    Confound it all – what’re all you people doing in school on a holiday ?!
    That’s right !! Scram !!
    Good no more line for the voting booths …. :cool: :wink:

  64. sniperskaya says:

    Marina, did you get a potty mouth from the martini you were drinking? :razz:
    I’m not turning in any more homework until I find out what happened to my last effort on toponyms!

    • Marina says:

      sniperskaya, the server was upgraded last night and the guys didn’t take the latest shapshot of the server before they moved it over.. and as a result I lost a few hours worth of comments! Which is a bummer!

      • Bob says:

        Marina, I’ve noticed you use the word “Bummer” several times to mean “less than satisfactory”.
        I suggest it might make a good link after the current video.

      • capman911 says:

        It seems to work pretty fast today. But I did get one popup that said something about cocomments and authenticating a url. It was when I was going to reply to someone’s comment. It hasn’t done it lately.

      • pennsyltucky9 says:

        I received an email notifying me of a reply to one of my comments by geronimo, and when I went to the lesson it was nowhere to be found, so that explains it. Too bad I wasted so much time reloading the page, clearing my cache, looking back through the replies a second time, etc. I always assume the problem is somewhere on my end first. Duh (to coin a phrase)!

      • roadrunrnch says:

        I thought You just had enough of Me, DELETE-DELETE-,DELETE.

      • sniperskaya says:

        Marina, dear teacher, there is a saying ” to err is human, to really screw things up takes a computer”. Next time you need to take a snapshot let me know and you can borrow one of my FED’s or Zenit’s. Maybe even m ’39 Zorki. :razz:

  65. cegonzal says:

    Hi :mrgreen: my name is César and I´m from México, first let me congratulate you for your videos, because their are excellent and you are too, you are very intelligent and very sexy. Also I want to request the origin of the word “PARTY” (FIESTA in spanish) because you know Mexicans we are all about FIESTAS!!!!.
    Have a terrific day….Saludos a TODOS desde México.

  66. sniperskaya says:

    Because it rhymes with “poo”?

  67. cega says:

    Hi marina, I want to how the word nuts well the expression “are you nuts” means are you crazy so how from a nut that is a dry seed can be referred to a person that crazy or out of context. Please help me with that thank you that last lesson was funny :lol:

  68. jcr says:

    Marina – When will you have your biography out? I can’t wait to read that as well as any books you write. I did want to let you know that when I searched Amazon that there is a book called Hot for Words that may be an old book and it is a book on studying vocabulary for the SAT. I found it when I was hoping to find a book written by you. Anyway, I thought you might like to know that a book with that title exists but I have seen books that have the same title by two different authors so I do not know how that works. It must be possible to use the same title twice sometimes.

  69. alelalle says:

    i have a word: “lesson” where are that word from :wink:

  70. penguin_4333 says:

    o i almost forgot have a great 4th of july.dont blow up to many fireworks save me :lol:

  71. dsanton says:

    This is my favorite word as the sound of it typically gets the necessary reaction: Abomination. Is it strictly a religious root?

    • geronimo says:

      It’s no more a religious word than ‘righteous’ is. It’s just that the King James translation of the bible uses that word and people associate it to religion. The bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, so the word Abomination is just the old English version used to describe the original thought. Other translations of the bible use words like ‘detestable’ or ‘disgusting’

  72. jcr says:

    I’m already addicted to this site. I have to learn a new word every day from here. I learned two words today. The origin of “loo” and also the meaning of the word for praising someone. I think that word is encomiast but Marina would be the one to verify that. This video is getting the highest rating!

  73. penguin_4333 says:

    i just logged in for the 1st time.And i got to say. i love hot for words :mrgreen: .this show roxs.

    • capman911 says:

      Welcome penguin and injoy the festivities. Ok Riddle me this, no just kidding that was the riddler. As You can see we pick on each other alot , but it’s all in fun if you use the right smilly face. :grin:

      • geronimo says:

        Yes for example: Capman you uneducated, worthless trailer trash piece of crap. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

        See? He still loves me. :razz:

  74. zyban says:

    Hello hotforwords!,
    One thing that drives me crazy every time I watch your video intro is the fact you use the word “intelligence” instead of “Wisdom is sexy”. Intelligence refers to the ability to learn/understand, where wisdom is used to describe previously acquired knowledge. In the case and context of this show I believe wisdom is the better term. Not saying that intelligence isn’t sexy, but this show is hardly progressing my intelligence. It is progressing my KNOWLEDGE.

    • Marina says:

      zyban, I agree with you.. as I have often thought of the difference as well… as learning is one thing and intelligence is another…. but look at it this way. I believe that if one is exposed to something they gain a newfound interest and as a result, they start to learn new things.. but also start to look at the formation of words differently.. and start to question things they never questioned before… and start to figure things out that they never figured out before… I would say that through learning (but the learning of something interesting and something new) the person is not only gaining in knowledge.. but I also think the person is becoming more intelligent in the process.

      And the reason I say this, is that I want people to realize that it is a good thing to use your brain… even if it’s in the accumulation of knowledge…. as that accumulation will result in the brain gaining in activity, new synapses forming.. and the end result is that the person becomes more “intelligent” in the process. I believe intelligence can be improved through use of the brain.

      • jcr says:

        I just hope you have a happy holiday today and see some fireworks if there are any nearby. I like to watch them. Have you discussed any words relating to them like pyrotechnics (although that one might be too easy).

      • pagedoll says:

        Couldn’t have said it any better myself…and I won’t! Happy 4th Marina! :grin:

      • mergatroidal says:

        Folks, knowledge is simply having facts in possession …, intelligence is perhaps best defined as having the capacity for recalling those facts. And wisdom is defined as recalling facts at the appropriate time. The proper application of intelligence; knowing when and where, how much, how little is required or necessary for whatever task is at hand.

        The fool may in fact be very intelligent but tends to use the knowledge they have at the wrong time or in the wrong way or manner.

        The wise will be lauded. The fool appears to never learn.

      • annuddermale says:

        Generally-speaking, there is a trinity of Intelligence-Knowledge-Wisdom

        Personally, I believe knowledge and wisdom can be enhanced through studying and life experiences, but intelligence is more innate. It may be possible to increase intelligence, but I suspect only within limited boundaries; otherwise, we’d all end up Einsteins eventually.

        And how boring that might be… :wink:

        Do, however, read Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man, a very palpable and easily-consumed history of man’s attempt to further stereotype ethnicities by skewing “tests” of intelligence. Here’s a hint: rice does not make a good measure of intellectual capacity… :cool:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Wow Marina! You must have taken a day off. You wrote two paragraphs.

      • CaptainJack says:

        The reason I like intelligence tests, i.e. IQ test. Is that it bases your ability to figure things out. Not Wisdom.
        The reason I dislike intelligence test, is that you find yourself in the top 2% percentile of the population that is as intelligent as you are. Then you find out that It’s very lonely at the top.

        Here is an interesting blog. If Ignorance is Bliss, What Should Intellectuals Do?

      • prospero811 says:

        I agree, education and intelligence are two different things, although there is some overlap. People of greater intelligence usually have a greater capacity to become educated – it’s an aptitude. Some people are genetically more intelligent, hence, some people being retarded and others being geniuses. A retarded person is never going to discovery the unified field theory, no matter how much he tries to learn.

        Similarly, with the average intelligence quotient being 100 – someone with a 150 I.Q. will likely have an easier time learning stuff and accumulating more knowledge.

        You, Marina, hit the genetic lottery since you are a 9.9 on the attractiveness scale, and I would guess you have a relatively high I.Q. I’d put money on about 125 to 130. That’s my hunch. So, if you wouldn’t mind bearing my children, it would be most appreciated. :grin:

      • geronimo says:

        Is it just me or did all that “brain activity” and “Synapses” talk, turn you on ? Oh, baby just don’t start talking about the cerebral cortex, or I’ll just lose it! Maybe the new slogan can be ” Information assimilation makes you attractive to the opposite sex” Oh sure, it’s a little longer, but look how happy zyban will be. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • mergatroidal says:

        capman 911 wrote:
        on this site every day if they were not learning something from Miss Marina’s class.
        It’s an eclectic bunch Marina has gathered around her. The links are cool to check out, and when brain fog becomes too thick after hours polishing the ‘script, why not change the subject and go see who’s saying what with our Marina?


      • annuddermale says:

        Everything about Marina is sexy.” – Rule Numero Uno from The Marina Sychophant Handbook… :cool:

      • prospero811 says:

        Yes, annudermale, that is correct.

        Rule number 2 is “Marina may not know it yet, but she is madly in love with Prospero811 (a.k.a. the Prose Perro). And the rest of you clowns can suck it!” :lol:

      • annuddermale says:

        luckily for moi, Rule 1.000000so-infinitesimally-small-prospero-can’t-get-in-edgewise01 is, “Marina holds Prospero811 in high esteem, but her heart belongs to annudder.”

      • CaptainJack says:

        Prospero, I have been trying to figure this out for months. I was guessing a higher number like 135 or 140 range.

        For those who don’t know what the scores mean, here is a little table that will clue you in.

        Intelligence Interval Cognitive Designation
        40 – 54 Severely challenged (Less than 1% of test takers)
        55 – 69 Challenged (2.3% of test takers)
        70 – 84 Below average
        85 – 114 Average (68% of test takers)
        115 – 129 Above average
        130 – 144 Gifted (2.3% of test takers)
        145 – 159 Genius (Less than 1% of test takers)
        160 – 175 Extraordinary genius

      • CaptainJack says:

        Awe you guys. Don’t you know women love a man who would take her on a sailboat and set sail to distant shores? Don’t women always attracted to a strong man in uniform? What woman doesn’t like a man that is potty trained to put the ‘Loo’ seat down every time without fail. A man that treats his woman as a Greek Goddess from the city of Athens surely would be most desired. What else could a woman want? You guys and your lucid imaginations. Oh you guys save your fingers the hard labor you put them throgh and go suck a monkey. :twisted:

      • roadrunrnch says:

        Have you Guys heard the old sayings?

        Those with a low IQ feel they have a high one.
        I’m not Young enough to know everything.
        Is….. I FEEL you’re wrong. and …I THINK you’re wrong.
        The way someone starts their argument tell you anything?
        Those who think with their heart, Talk out their ass.

      • prospero811 says:

        Cap’n and roadmunch – Yes, Marina finds intelligence is sexy – but, she likes me for my body. It’s a curse I have – being so good looking. But, in the words of Derek Zoolander, “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.”


    • okay4now says:

      I don’t like movie references but…is Yoda sexy? The two words are not automatically linked. I have known some very wise people who were not intelligent. I actually have come to believe that one is from the ‘brain’ & the other from the soul; or, wisdom is knowing when to apply intelligence…Not to step on Marina’s response ’cause (ditto) the above is great so’s her tag-line :!: …

    • capman911 says:

      As you can tell members like BillyB, Bob, Captain Jack Prospero811, Pagedoll, Melikadothechacha, Okay 4 now, Mergatroidal, JCR, Annuddermale, Tayljim, Pennslytucky9, Superdanilchik, Pedantickarl, Huchiee and some I am sorry I missed are some very intellegent and smart and wise people from all over the world. I don’t think they would be on this site every day if they were not learning something from Miss Marina’s class. I myself have learned alot and have done more searching the internet looking for words or word meanings than I did in school. I have more dictionaries in my favorites collum than I have anything else. It’s because we like her style of teaching. Whether its intellegence or wisdom we are learning.

  75. CaptainJack says:

    Other slang ‘word’ for the toilet: On an boat it is called the ‘Head’. I see some of you have this in your list. Good job!

    Now Im going to ask you all, why is it called the ‘Head’?
    Any guesses out there? Come on…

    • jcr says:

      I have no idea, really, but I’m interested in the responses.

    • Bob says:

      Because they were originally sited in the extreme forward part of the bow of the ship where the crew would hang out over the side to jettison their recyclables.
      Now, the logical place to perform such activities would be the leeward quarter (the rear downwind corner of the hull) so that the wind and the ships forward speed would carry the soil away from the superstructure.
      Why didn’t they do it there then? Anyone?

      • annuddermale says:

        well, since the “toilet” is really the ocean, if you put the “head” in the rear it would likely get all stinky ’cause water couldn’t clean it up…

        funny, my shower is the same way…

        oh, and i get stinky when my head’s up my….

        nevermind… :shock: :roll:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Your correct Bob. Take a look at this photo of the front of the Tall Ship Lady Washington. If you look at the first two blue and yellow painted rails to the left of the figure head, you will see the “Head”. You sit on the top rail then lock your feet in on the second rail. Do your business and if your lucky, the boat will dive into the next wave and clean up real good. Also note (the photo doesn’t really show it well) the head is very far forward of the hull. Soiling the boat was never an issue when underway.
        Tall Ships are downwind sailboats because of the shape of the sails. Meaning they can only sail with the direction of the wind either 45 degrees left or right of that direction. Leeward quarter would not be a good choice. Also they would have to rig some sort of railing to get you over the quarter part of the boat. Its just not practicable.
        Good answer Bob.

    • pagedoll says:

      Happy 4th captainjack!

      • CaptainJack says:

        Thanks. I plan to spend my 4th here on HFW. I forgot to make plans to go somewhere or hook up with friends. So you guys and gals are party buddies for the 4th. Oh I just remembered. My b-day is coming up in 21 days and I should make a plan to go somewhere. Humm I’ll have to think about that for a bit….
        Anyway, Happy 4th to you too PD! Hope the city of SD puts on a good show for ya. Seattle is cutting 50% of the fireworks show this year. Something about a recession kind of thing. :???:

    • melikadothechacha says:

      LOL! Howdy Jack!
      gotta go, in-and-out a lot today
      Zambelli pyro tech gig. – 4 tons
      going off starting at 9pm!
      boom boom! :mrgreen:

    • okay4now says:

      I thought this was not going to be a porno. site, Jack… :?:

    • annuddermale says:

      where’s your head at, CaptainJack?… :cool:

  76. dellforce says:

    Hello Marina. I hope you’re doing well. I’m gonna give some tough love; the kind that people don’t like, sometimes, but please don’t take this the wrong way…

    I’ve subscribed since February (I came on board with ‘bissextile’ :wink: ) and I’ve seen a lot of your analyses of words. I know you mostly analyze words that people request, but when you consider that we Americans of the United States (don’t forget South America, those of you who think that’s a redundant statement) get a bad wrap from other countries for not being as scholastically knowlegeable (i.e., smart) as people from other nationalities, I think it would be a good idea :idea: if, from time to time, you present us with some practical words of a higher level (you know, like you used to do in the early days of the show). It just seems to me that in the time I’ve subscribed I haven’t seen where “we dear students” are getting our vocabularies widened on the level of PRACTICALITY often enough. This brings to mind the word, ostentatious. So, I present that as my word request. I don’t intend to be ostentatious when using words of a higher level; I’m a 42-year-old African-American male: it’s just a habit I’ve been developing since middle school… It seems to me that maybe you’ve discovered better “ratings” since you’ve started doing only requests, I don’t know… and I know it’s your show and you’re gonna do it the way you want… It’s just that my 1st impression of your objective was to analyze AND give higher-level words, and upon comparing the time span of February to now to some of the words on your list I can see a balancing out (i.e., plateau) or even a retrogression of the level of the words we’re getting (which, I understand, are the words people are requesting; when you leave the task of improving something to a large group of people [e.g., the world] you eventually get bogged-down with homeostasis, the urge to keep it all level or the same. Kind of like the fight between “smooth” jazz and real jazz :eek: ]).

    Here are some, so-called, PRACTICAL higher-level words from your list that I do like; and upon considering the ratio of these words to all of the words on the list, it’s still kind of a low number (acute, ampersand, buxom, cabriolet, cantankerous :mad: , capricious, depilation, egregious, gird your loins, Harlequin, machinima (but, it’s too exclusive to be practical), marina, non chalant :cool: , oxymoron, palindrome, paparazzi, pedigree, philology, pulchritudinous, pusilanimous, quintessential, resolution, serendipity, sesquipedalian, stupendous, titillate).
    I know this may bring on quite a backlash to me from many readers, but progressions do require higher levels.

    I do find your presentations informative and effusive, and through it all, you still have a way of being firm with us dear students.

    Thank you, Teacher!!

    • CaptainJack says:

      Well some of those words just went over my head. I guess its because Im lucky to hear them once every 5 or 6 years. I try not to use high level words because not everyone knows these words. If the other person doesn’t know the word your using then why did you even use the word in the first place? It just make that person feel stupid and breaks down communications and contributes to starting wars.
      In my profession, we use many very common nautical words. But I try really hard to not use them when I’m around landlubbers. People get confused when I tell them I have to go spice the main then go kill myself when I get done. Even low level words can cause confusion. I would love everyone to learn and use the words ‘Plimsoll line’. Many people have seen this Plimsoll line but didn’t know it was called that. I have a friend with a Plimsoll line on her coffee cup. But learning this word is not really PRACTICAL for you to learn.

    • Marina says:

      Thanks for the feedback dellforce! Part of my strategy in teaching is to take common words that we use all the time and I show people how a common word like hello has an interesting history. This is one of the ways I am able to rope people into the whole idea that etymology can be fun.

      BUT… I also like to do “big” words.. it’s really just a matter of how interesting a story I can make for each of the words.

    • capman911 says:

      Dellforce you’ll no backlash from most of us. Everyone here has a chance to state their own mind. You did it in a very professional manner. That earns respect from us instead of harsh rebuttles :smile:

    • melikadothechacha says:

      ok – I get the “leap day” reference.
      makes sense if you started in February
      i noticed for all your kind criticisms of
      how words are selected, you failed
      to offer a suggestion for a request?
      i will agree with you that only taking
      student requests has a dumbing down
      effect. Least common denominator.
      But there are some sharp people
      making requests amid the throng
      of ca-ca and pee-pee words you
      see every day. At age 42, you are
      certainly mature enough to realize
      this isn’t a post grad master’s course.
      I would urge you to continue in
      your quest for enlightenment by
      contributing in a more tangible
      way by offering word requests
      Marina can research. Up to now,
      you have expected Marina to
      know in some tacit way what
      you would like her to do. Give
      her a chance to act now that
      you have voiced this concern.
      Since you and I started, there
      are an additional 19 million of
      us, spread over a couple sites.
      Tell your friends! PEACE! :mrgreen:

      • dellforce says:

        Sorry to beat a dead horse, but since the internet and this site allow one to do that, I’m going to defend myself and ask that you re-read my comment. I did make a word request (hint it begins with the letter ‘o’). And now for YOUR homework, YOU tell ME what my word request on July 4th was. Peace!

    • okay4now says:

      Agreed no backlash, a cool thoughtful commet. There’s nothing wrong with bringing a little heat either–it’s in the perfect climate that things grow stale.

    • roadrunrnch says:

      I’m a 42-year-old African-American male:

      I am a 49-year-old Scandinavian-German-English-Spanish-Irish-American Native-MUTT-American male; Nice to meet You, dellforce

  77. CaptainJack says:

    I say dear old chap…I’m First!!! Sorry I had this pre-typed out this morning in hopes that the Florida boys would get the server up and running in 100 minutes.

    Yea Toysjoe! She picked your word. She even included your photo. Your the man!!!

    Congrats Chatty for making teachers pet! Oh and she is wearing that sexy outfit! Wow your lucky!

    Anyone, is there a connection with tossing out the baby with the bath water and the loo? Yea I know that sound bad and all that but I was just asking… :roll:

  78. BillyB says:

    Recent Comments
    BillyB on The Loo
    Bob on The Loo
    capman911 on The Loo
    Marina on The Loo…
    Happy 4th of July to my nieghbours…
    America on The Loo

    • Marina says:

      Wow.. we’re all on the loo!

      • annuddermale says:

        better on it than in it… :mrgreen:

      • prospero811 says:

        Is that like being on the lam?

        You know, “loo” is also an ancient card game in which money is paid into a pool – and can also mean paying or depositing some sum of money into a common pool. This meaning, from “lanterlu” or “lanterloo” (a meaningless refrain from an old song) stems from way back in the 1600s.

        I wonder…. pure speculation…. depositing something into a pool… depositing something into a pot….. hmmm…. loo…. “I’ve got to go loo” — deposit something into the pool or pot…..

      • Bob says:

        You really should be careful about going to the loo with so many horny males around. Remember the shower tent unveiling of Hotlips in the film M.A.S.H. :lol:

    • CaptainJack says:

      This is a good example how us word nerds always finding interesting or obscure meanings in the text displayed here on this site. Good find BB!

  79. torpidsoul says:

    Hey I have a question. Where did the word Torpid come from?

  80. jim7047 says:

    The Army during the Korean war and previous wars called a Lister Bag, Can you explain the origin of this name?


  81. prospero811 says:

    Other slang words for the toilet:

    The can
    The porcelain god
    The porcelain bus
    The pool
    The library
    The lav or lavatory
    the john
    the head
    the potty or the pot
    the shitter
    deuce can or deuce cage

    • capman911 says:

      You mentioned being on the lam. Isn’t that being on the run. Well I guess if you were on the loo you could have a case of the lams :lol:

  82. txconpo says:

    I would like to know the origins of the word copacetic and how this word has come to mean something is in excellent or satisfactory condition.

  83. capman911 says:

    Did anyone mention outhouse like we southerners use. Or portapotty at a contruction site. Or a log in the woods when your hunting. How about a five gallon bucket when your a carpenter if you don’t have a portapotty outside. Or just squat and try not to get any on you’r shoes. Does anyone know why we us three corn cobs two red and one white as a cleaner afterwards :smile: :lol: :lol:

  84. elliott610 says:

    What is the origin of the word- Crackerjack? It was used to denote a positive idea. “That was a crackerjack notion.”

  85. dhingarhdz says:

    Another slang word for toilet

    in Australian – Dunny or dunny can

    • melikadothechacha says:

      Which way does the water go down
      your dunny, clockwise? or CCW?

      Didn’t Bart Simpson almost take a
      beating for this? LOL

      never did answer the question…. :mrgreen:

      • capman911 says:

        It depends on which side of the equator that you are on. If your in the northern half it goes clockwise, if you the southern it goes counter clockwise, the same with bathtubes and sinks. :wink:

      • prospero811 says:

        The clockwise/counterclockwise direction of the toilet has nothing to do with the equator. That’s a myth.

        The north and south of the equator thing is called the “coriolis effect” and impacts cyclones and hurricanes, but it doesn’t effect how water goes down a drain. That’s effected by the shape of the sink or basin.

      • BillyB says:

        Pure science answers everything…

      • capman911 says:

        But also he could have been using a 3 gallon per minute toilet compared to a 6 gallon per minutes toilet. The three gallon just goes straight down the toilet while the six gallon swirles around the bowl.

      • CaptainJack says:

        I did this same experiment in the galley of the USS Missouri when I circumnavigated twice around the world. I used the dish washing deep sinks. In my tests it would go one direction one day and another direction the next day. I really think its a myth.

      • roadrunrnch says:

        prospero811 replied on July 4th, 2008 8:05 am:

        The clockwise/counterclockwise direction of the toilet has nothing to do with the equator. That’s a myth.

        OH. I was once like you a non believer. Until I saw an demonstration at the equator. The Woman had a small sink like object. She would fill it and drain it. 20 feet from the equator.( north and south ) Left and then right ! And then she would do it right at the equator…..Straight down ..No spin at all…?

        WILD but true.

      • prospero811 says:

        roadrunrnch — those are hoaxes set up to attract tourists….you were duped…. apparently, there are people that do that in many places along the equator, but any spin in the toilet has to do with how the water comes out, and the shape of the bowl, etc. The Earth and its rotation – and north south of the equator stuff – has nothing to do with it. There are toilets on both sides of the equator that spin the water both ways.

        On the scale of hurricanes and large mid-latitude storms, the Coriolis force causes the air to rotate around a low pressure center in a cyclonic direction. Indeed, the term cyclonic not only means that the fluid (air or water) rotates in the same direction as the underlying Earth, but also that the rotation of the fluid is due to the rotation of the Earth. Thus, the air flowing around a hurricane spins counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere (as does the Earth, itself). In both hemispheres, this rotation is deemed cyclonic. If the Earth did not rotate, the air would flow directly in towards the low pressure center, but on a spinning Earth, the Coriolis force causes that air to be deviated with the result that it travels around the low pressure center.

        Compared to the rotations that one usually sees (tires on a travelling automobile, a compact disc playing music, or a draining sink), the rotation of the Earth is very small: only one rotation per day. The water in a sink might make a rotation in a few seconds and so have a rotation rate ten thousand times higher than that of the Earth. It should not be surprising, therefore, to learn that the Coriolis force is orders of magnitude smaller than any of the forces involved in these everyday spinning things. The Coriolis force is so small, that it plays no role in determining the direction of rotation of a draining sink anymore than it does the direction of a spinning CD.

        The direction of rotation of a draining sink is determined by the way it was filled, or by vortices introduced while washing. The magnitude of these rotations may be small, but they are nevertheless gargantuan by comparison to the rotation of the Earth. I decided to include a picture of a draining sink, and the first one I tried in my house was found to drain clockwise (the opposite of what the silly assertions would have it do here in the northern hemisphere). This direction was determined entirely by the way the tap filled the sink. The direction of rotation of a draining toilet is determined by the way the water just under the rim is squirted into the bowl when it is flushed.

        I know you like to swim in the deep end of the pool, roadrunmch, but you need to start using a flotation device. :grin:

      • roadrunrnch says:

        Well , Try it your self. Fill up a sink with water. Spin it the opposite way it normally go down. Does it stop and go back or stay the course?? If you are correct it should just keep rotating ( the way you spun it ) all the way down. As for the toilet? I wonder if a northern made one works south of the equator?

        with my floaty on.

      • roadrunrnch says:

        I am trying to care about this….. really. But I just don’t. As long as the toilet does it’s job. …………I am OK. There you go .

      • prospero811 says:

        Just dispelling the myth. I aspire to be a Mythbuster.

      • roadrunrnch says:

        Sorry chacha for all the emails, jump in?
        Are you just agreeing with someone else’s work.? Have you check out any theory using standard testing means. Like , 3 containers of water and make 2 of 3 go right and 1 go left at the same time. Same sizes, Different sizes, etc.

        I believe it has more to do with gravity. The way most bodies in the Universe move in a vortex. MOST planets spin in the same way as their siblings. But then why not the moon? Spin.. ?
        I never just go along to get along


      • prospero811 says:

        roadmunch – I live well north of the equator, so I can’t do a test below and above the equator. However, many people, including scientists, college professors, etc., have examined the issue, and the evidence is overwhelming.

        You may “believe” it has more to do with gravity, but you’d be the only one who believes that. It has nothing to do with gravity. Most bodies in the universe do not, in fact, move in a vortex. Most planets spin the same way in our solar system, but Venus and Uranus do not.

        I’m not sure what you mean, “never just go along to get along.” The water-going-down-the-drain thing is simple physics. Gravity would not cause it to spin one way in the north and the opposite in the south. The effect that causes things to spin one way in the north and the other way in the south is the coriolis effect. That’s why cyclones spin the opposite way in the south and travel southward, while they travel northward in the north. The effect, however, is too small to have any impact on water going down a drain. And, there are toilets, sinks and basins north and south of the equator that spin clockwise and counterclockwise. The reason is the shape of the bowl and the way the water enters the bowl, etc.

        The physics of fluid mechanics is well known. This isn’t mystical stuff that requires “belief” one way or the other, and it is not any more debatable than the fact that two objects dropped from the leaning tower of Pisa will fall at the same rate (air resistance aside) regardless of mass.

        Here’s a page that shows the physics:

    • melikadothechacha says:

      See what you started?
      You need a gravatar!
      the chalk outline
      doesn’t suit you :mrgreen:

      • melikadothechacha says:

        From the looks of things, Marina
        may have to investigate this
        whole vortex thing! Capt. Jack
        is usually good at clearing these
        up! Field trip! Let’s all go to the
        outback and flush this sh*t
        once, and for all :mrgreen:

  86. tayljim says:

    homework: porcelain god, were you send the night on your
    knees after a night of heavy drinking.

    and of couse five stars

  87. TongueTwisler says:

    MAN when i had to edit my e-mail address on hotforwords, my gravitar suddenly dissapeared :?: ? :?:

    • BillyB says:

      You’re just a shadow of your former self.

    • melikadothechacha says:

      go back to the Gravatars site and
      see if it is linked to your email!
      betcha ’tis! :mrgreen:

    • Marina says:

      TongueTwisler, add the other address to your gravatar account and it will come back. You can have multiple email addresses per gravatar

      • capman911 says:

        Miss M. I thought our gravars were suppose to follow us everywhere. I commented on JCN’s page for you but my picture didn’t show up. I guess it must not work on all sites. Have a great fourth if you celbrate or not. I think you have aready started in your I’m Drunk video. And a 4, 3 to you. :wink: :cool:

    • capman911 says:

      Tongue twister a cool gravatar for you would be the tongue from one of the Aerosmith albums. It was a big red tongue or was it Fourty Licks from the Rolling Stones, well it was one of them :lol: :lol:

  88. superdanilchik says:

    IT is also worthy giving a look to the etymological origin :smile: : of the LOO card game! :cool: and even to the etymology of the Belgian village WATERLOO where a crucial battle was fought…. :smile:

  89. hutchiee says:

    For the homework – John, crapper, can, porceline pony, head (naval term get your mind out of the gutter), washroom, bathroom, or of course the stinkeroo.

  90. superdanilchik says:

    :arrow: :idea: The ”polite British slang word” LOO derives from the FRENCH expression ”LIEUX D’AISANCE”=place of comfort,place of ease or simply place of convenience. MARINO4KA, i do not want to be boring ,pedantic and fastidious but if you don’t mind i allow myself to correct your French pronunciation :oops: : you should pronounce the word ”EAU”simply with a flat O… and not oo or u ,in this way it sounds to ”franglais”…..Pardonne-moi et merçi beaucoup,tu es toujours formidable :!: :grin:

    • melikadothechacha says:

      well said – examples?
      bureau = B-Your-O
      beautiful = B-You-tiful
      bordeaux = Boar-DoH! :mrgreen:

    • capman911 says:

      Hey my friend, how’s everything on your side of the world, fine I hope. I wish everyone the best today and everyday. Lets no just celebrate today but everyday for being alive and well. Take care :wink:

      • superdanilchik says:

        BONJOUR à TOI MIKE,mon ami,thank you very much for your nice and wise wishes :smile: Thanks God everything’s fine on this side of the world too. I really wish you a wonderful 4th of JULY.lots of love and knowledge…пока! :smile:

  91. claudiaz says:


    • melikadothechacha says:

      a watercloset was the first indoor room
      with a toilet. In old houses, there was
      no “bathroom” – baths were taken in
      the kitchen, usually. When toilets
      were first installed, often, the only
      space to put them was in an existing
      closet. House planners incorporated
      toilets and the “new” freestanding
      bathtub designs (clawfoot and ball).
      The revelation to design the small
      matching porcelain sink, and the
      built-in bathtub/showers also
      came to fruition LARGELY from
      French architectural design!
      Thank you America, for being
      civilized enough to allow me
      to rest on a throne rather than
      squat over a hole in the floor.
      God bless America!
      Viva la France!

      • capman911 says:

        Thanks teacher cha cha I really didn’d know that. :cool: Always glade to have you around. :cool: You do add a little more to the lessons teach gives out. Love likea brother :grin:

      • CaptainJack says:

        When I was little, I actually lived in a house where my aunt had shut down her two seat outhouse and install a water closet in her bedroom. All the kids took baths in the kitchen in this large galvanized tub, even the water was head on the wood fired stove. It was hard for me to adjust to living this way because I came from a very nice house with lots of good indoor plumbing.

  92. melikadothechacha says:

    Congrats Chatty – you lucky dog!
    the can, the john, the used beer department,
    the WC, the terlit, the head,
    men’s room, ladies room….
    the bachi, the latrine,
    and all the rest that are blatantly offensive

    Damn, girl! So fast now I can’t blink
    or I miss 10 things! Great job – :mrgreen:
    hope you wore out the geek squad!

  93. stokesjrj1 says:

    this web page is all screwed up, the right hand column is at the bottom and the comments column is at the upper left

  94. okay4now says:

    H.W. – Well, I guess only a few people know or use this expression but I sure like it: ‘chair-chair’.

    You still need to watch-out, or ‘gardez l’eau’, not because of chamber pots being emptied but plants being watered and balconies being cleaned and ‘water’ is still emptied onto the street–etiquette is only first thing in the morning/day.

  95. wetsuit5 says:

    The one the only “The Throne” :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    The “Porcelain Princess” :cool: :cool:
    More baseful:
    The “Crapper” :twisted: :twisted:
    The “$hiter”: :shock: :shock:
    The “Dumper” :oops: :oops:

    HotForWords is there a hidden meaning to the light yellow background. :?: :?: :evil: :evil:

  96. i-spy says:

    The other word for toilet are Bog,The can and John :lol:

  97. pagedoll says:

    HAPPY 4th!!!!…now back to bed and the weirdest dream I’ve ever had. :shock:

    • capman911 says:

      Happy fourth to you Pagedoll my friend. :cool: WHHHHHAAAAAAASSSSSSUUUUUPPPPP. :lol: :lol:

    • capman911 says:

      Not really just going over to my daughters for a cookout this afternoon. What about yourself :?: Are taking that sweet friend of you’rs somewhere special :?:

      • pagedoll says:

        NO. But I’m gunna go down to my friend house on the beach(the back yard is the beach) and hang out for awhile. Pagey and I are going to see Heart, Cheap Trick and Journey On July 15 though, should be fun. And we are also going to see Jack Johnson in Irvine aug29 (just got 4 tix in the mail Marina!) as well as in San Diego on the 30th of aug. …after the beach I’ll cruz home and ride my bike down to the park around the corner from my house and watch the fireworks…thats my day. :grin:

    • capman911 says:

      Sounds like the best made plans ever. Have a great time cause those are some awsome bands. Tell Pagy I said hello and I’ll see you when you get back.

      • pennsyltucky9 says:

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks for the nice mention and the recognition earlier. Lately, I don’t deserve it though.


        Happy Independence Day to you and yours. I’m keeping it on the low and slow mode today because I’m getting a bit tired of huge crowds, traffic, and endless waiting in line just to follow the herd. Not too many people have a canoe around here, so that’s where I get a lot of my peaceful relaxation. I can access waterways where no other boaters can efficiently operate: small meandering creeks with enough overhanging growth that it makes for nice shade as well as impossible kayaking (double-ended paddles stick up in the air so high they hang up in the brush, etc.), no launch ramps so no powerboats, shallows that I can easily lift and drag my boat over because it’s so light and portable, etc. I can see why the natives preferred the canoe, and really appreciate the hauling capacity as I reach into the full cooler for another round. Try loading that into a little kayak! Hahahaha! Cheers, bro. Have a good barbecue

  98. melikadothechacha says:

    Welcome back!

    • stokesjrj1 says:

      your name ? you lick a dot of the chalk chalk mountain?

      • melikadothechacha says:

        Ah! now you’re a literary! :mrgreen:
        As many here already know
        My user-friendly-name is a
        non-hyphenated form of
        the phrase
        which is an homage to
        the comedic works of
        Jim Carey.
        “you lick a dot of the chalk chalk mountains”? :roll:
        let me guess -your folks abandoned
        you for the weekend, and you found
        the key to the liquor cabinet? :mrgreen:

  99. annuddermale says:

    hmmm…”down for one hour”…”100 minutes”….seems time dilation is alive & well in the Lexiconus Universe…

    i see problems with the gardez l’eau theory:

    1) if the man stands near the house to protect his date from the emptying of the bedpan, SHE would be likely to be splattered by the dung in the streets as the carriages come by;
    2) here it is the custom for a gentleman to walk his date while he is on the OUTSIDE of the sidewalk, to protect her from roadside bandits, i guess;
    3) having the man on the inside would give the appearance that he was trying to keep his date from returning home after the date went bad (or good, too, i suppose).

    finally, all i can say is that being splattered by bedpan leavings would certainly give me a crappy attitude… :twisted:

    homework: library (lots of readin’ goin’ on), crapper, toity, can, head, throneroom, pissoir, john, privy, restroom, pottyroom, WC, water closet…

    Funniest Men’s Room Urinal EVER

    • melikadothechacha says:

      The custom of wlaking streetside is a result of
      the horseless carriage. Motorists wouldn’t
      stop to do “their business” as there were no
      gas station restrooms. They would keep a
      chamber pot in the automobile. Consequently,
      when these were emptied, at a high rate of
      speed, the contents would splatter greatly,
      encouraging gentlemen to walk the street
      side and incur the brunt of these events.
      Passed down family lore – what a load…. :mrgreen:

    • capman911 says:

      I would probably be standing in front of the one laughing :lol: :lol:

    • Bob says:

      You’re right, annuddermale,
      When this practice was common the open sewers ran down the middle of the road, and the houses had overhanging upper floors so that it wasn’t so far to throw the poo to get it into the middle.
      That is why Gentlemen walked on the road side of the pavement/sidewalk, so that the ladies could walk under the protection of the overhang to avoid both the yellow showers and the splashes from the carriage wheels.

  100. outkast_93000 says:

    Royal blue

  101. foxbow15 says:

    Where is everyone…. I tought it would be flooded right away :???:

    • pedantickarl says:

      The others had to get their beauty sleep… wimps…. :lol:

      There are about 30+ lurkers. People lurkers, please register upper right hand corner. Marina won’t byte. :grin:

      Congrats on F16 training foxbow15…

      • foxbow15 says:

        haha :p

        oh yeah, it said wait 100 minutes ,that was at arround 8am, and it got online at arround 13.45 pm… yeah, close to 100 minutes…. :wink:

        Thanks, still takes a freaking year till i can fly one on my own tough(if i make it trough all the way). It’s just that 1/1000the of the people who apply can get approved. :grin:

    • capman911 says:

      I have faith in you foxbow if really want something bad enough you make it. Congrats. :cool:

    • Bob says:

      Don’t doubt yourself, foxbow15, you can be that one in a thousand.
      Visualisation Works.

      • foxbow15 says:

        I ment to say that i I AM one of those 1000 who got it trough the sellection :grin: now i “just” need to finnish the training(which takes ages -.-)

  102. foxbow15 says:

    oh, the other guy allready mentioned outhouse…

  103. foxbow15 says:

    Kind of a late comment but I just had to dance arround a couple of minutes , CAUSE I JUST HEARD THAT I CAN BECOME AN F16 PILOT WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:


    other word for toilet… I duno? outhouse is the only one i can come up with, but that’s not realy a toilet is it…

  104. pedantickarl says:

    Does England have a 4th of July?

    • Marina says:

      They sit at home, get drunk and cry at losing America on that day!
      I’m just kidding, I hope you all realize! :lol:

    • kaibanator says:

      yes they do…nice trick question :mrgreen:

    • outkast_93000 says:

      Of course they are all celbration right nowm that they have been beat by the americans.How ignorant are you?
      Never had history in schhol or what?

    • okay4now says:

      Biggest mistake we ever made…We’d have cool little cars, great beer, (yeah, a queen) but also a great flag instead of our ribboned candy caned these colors don’t run…blah, blah, blah etc. Oh, yeah, we’d also have loos, bobbies and tops to our morning’s…shame really.

    • stokesjrj1 says:

      Does England have a day of celebration when they gained independence from roman rule or are they still a part of the roman empire?

      • melikadothechacha says:

        quit whining :mrgreen:

      • stokesjrj1 says:

        Not whining, just inquiring, I love the 4th of July since I am American .?

      • BillyB says:

        So is Ahnold…American

      • Bob says:

        So that the Aussies don’t feel left out, here is an Aussie joke.
        Q. How do you know when a plane-load of Brits have arrived at an Australian Airport?

        A. When the Captain switches off the engines, the whining continues unabated.

      • melikadothechacha says:

        Texas is still part of America? :shock:
        -just josh’n y’all

      • roadrunrnch says:

        The Free world?
        Of course they celebrate the 4th. If not for us ” The USA,” The world would be a much different place. Communist, Stalinist, Fascist, Islamic, Marxist, Or some other order of Mob rule with some slick talking Dictator.

        So Thank and Yank, For keeping Us FREE!!

        USA rawks

      • stokesjrj1 says:

        Well Texas is the only state in the union which has a legal right to secede from the USA if it so choose to do so.

      • prospero811 says:

        stokes…. that’s a myth… Texas has no greater right of secession than any other State. That’s a myth that grew out of Texas having been an independent Republic before it joined, but there’s nothing in the documents admitting Texas to the country, or anywhere else, that says that Texas has some greater right of secession. 11 States thought they had a right to secede in 1861, and they did for a while, but the Civil War decided that issue. No state can secede unless the United States consents.

      • prospero811 says:

        I don’t think there’s an exact date known for England. It did not win independence from Rome, as it did not become a unified country until 927 under King Athelstan.

        There were no English people when the Romans left Britain in the 5th century – there were Celts and Picts and other groups. The English became a people after many events of settlement and invasion, culminating with the Angles and the Saxons, and the Danes/Norwegians right up until 927.

        In 954, King Aedred defeated one of my personal favorite dark age characters – Eric Bloodaxe — who was ruling over the area around York/Jorvik. The Anglo-Saxons were then in complete control of England.

        They had a short go of it, of about 100 years – when William the Bastard, who was of Danish descent and claimed a right to the English throne through his mother, as I recall, and he also claimed that Harold Godwinson, who had succeeded as King, had promised him that Harold would not seek the throne and that William would be king. Harold’s accession pissed William off, and William went and got the Pope to sign on to his right to the English throne. He then invaded England in 1066 at about the same time that Harald Hardrada of Norway (another of my favorite Dark Age characters) invaded northern England.

        Harold Godwinson, the last AngloSaxon king of England, headed up to Stamford Bridge and took on Harald Hardrada and defeated the Vikings there. Right after the battle, he learned of Wiliam’s invasion in the south, and so he headed south to fight William. That’s when the Battle of Hastings occured, and Harold Godwinson was killed there.

        William the Bastard became William the Conqueror, and the rest is, of course, history, and the lines of the English kings and queens as we know them began.

        Or, at least that’s my recollection.

      • Bob says:

        An interesting snippet to add to Prospero’s history lesson above is that

        William the Bastard, who was of Danish descent

        was actually the Grandson (or maybe Great Grandson) of Harald Blåtand, who was a Danish King, and also for a time a Norwegian King.
        Harald Blåtand was a unifying monarch, and achieved this by being a great communicator, which is why the English translation of his name is now used for small electronic devices which communicate with each other by low powered radio frequency links.
        Have you caught up with me yet? Blåtand translates as Bluetooth.

      • prospero811 says:

        Yes, Bob, that is correct, Harald Bluetooth is Harald the First of Denmark. They had some cool names back then – Harald Bluetooth had a son called Svein Forkbeard. And, I think Harald Bluetooth’s father or grandfather was Ganger Hrolf (Rolph the Walker) (a.k.a. Rollo – the first king of Normandy and another direct ancestor of William the Conqueror).

        Ha! That reminds me of some other names – I was into Viking and medieval history a few years back – there was Harald Fairhair, Eirik the Red, Olaf the Stout, Harald the Hard Ruler (Hardrada), Gorm the Old, Svein Forkbeard, Eric Bloodaxe, Haakon the Black, Magnus the Good. :lol:

        Ha! I found a Viking Name Generator on the web – I entered in my name and got ” Arnórr Deathbringer” and my screen name in Viking Þorsteinn the Berserker. That’s cool. I’m Arnorr the Deathbringer a.ka. Thorstein the Berserker! (that weird letter can be expressed “th”).


        O.k. – Marina – your viking name is “Hlíf the Mad” — why are you so angry? :lol:

      • nw2394 says:

        Not exactly. But there is November the 5th, “Guy Fawkes night” or “Firework night”. This is in celebration of the fact that the Catholic plot to blow up the opening of Parliament was foiled.


    • pedantickarl says:

      By the way, did you notice that the 4th of July question was also my 4th comment? How convenient. :cool:

    • hutchiee says:

      Canada has the 1st of July – it was so nice to have Tuesday off. Standard rules apply – barbecue and drink beer (Canadian beer :) )

    • prospero811 says:

      No, they skip from July 3, to July 5, and go bissextile sometime later in the year. :lol:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Your just loving that word (bissextile) a lot, aren’t you? You can love your words, Just don’t . . . looooove your words. Now repeat after me: Us, them. Us, them.

        (reminds you about a movie?) :twisted:

    • stokesjrj1 says:

      No the world is just a suburb of Texas. :smile:

  105. pedantickarl says:

    Homework: Outhouse :shock:

  106. pedantickarl says:

    “Yearn to understand first
    and to be understood SECOND!!!”

  107. pedantickarl says:

    “Love lasts when the
    relationship comes

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