Well, no one is more honest about that than a plumber.
There are various terms used for the toilet area of a home. Some call it the loo, lavatory or privy. My preferred term is water closet.
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When I first met our plumber, Marty, I used the term "water closet" several times throughout our conversation. He finally looked at me and said, "Okay, so your crapper is going in that corner?" Well, that's one way of putting it.
Another time I was inquiring about how many CFMs the bathroom vents should have. Marty said, "Well, I'd get 130 for the shower area, but all the crapper needs is a little fart fan." In a house full of boys, you'd think I'd be used to this language. But, somehow hearing it from giggling young boys is different.
There's something about a person seeing the innards of your pipes that makes him feel like family. So I felt compelled to break through the language barrier and make Marty feel at home. When I was giving him an update on the plumbing supplies I'd ordered, I said, "The crapper's being delivered tomorrow, and the fart fan will be here next Tuesday." The look on his face said it all. We were finally speaking the same language.
I know this blog is meant to be about design. But, perhaps if you're designing a bathroom in the near future, you may want to learn to speak Plumber and get real about what happens in the bathroom.