Posted by Laura W on February 01, 1998 at 21:02:48:
In response to It is the question of etiquette rather than reference, written by Katya S. on January 25, 1998 at 19:12:47
] ] In the American South, we still refer to the women's restroom/washroom/bathroom as the "Ladies' Room."
] Yes, I know that, but the problem is whether they could use the term openly in those days or had to think of some euphemism not to appear vulgar. I think that the term Ladies Room was perfectly acceptable as it was a kind of euphemism itself.
Well, my point is that we use the term "Ladies' Room" still today as a euphemism so as not to sound vulgar.
I have lived in Chicago for the past five years and I still cringe whenever I hear someone ask for the "washroom." It just sounds vulgar to me. They probably think I'm weird for insisting on calling it the "Ladies' Room" or the "Men's Room."
Anyway, I've never yet read of any term in contemporary sources which refer to anything other than a "Ladies' Retiring Room" (at a ball, for example), or a water closet.
I'll keep it in mind as I research though and let you know if I notice anything else.
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