"The Bathroom Companion: A Collection of Facts About the Most-Used Room in the House" by James Buckley Jr. (Quirk Books, 144 pp., $12.95 $12.95) contains an edifying...
“The Bathroom Companion: A Collection of Facts About the Most-Used Room in the House” by James Buckley Jr. (Quirk Books, 144 pp., $12.95) contains an edifying list of “Names for the Actual Toilet Itself.” Here’s a sample:
House of Honor (ancient Israelites); House of the Morning (ancient Egyptians); Garderobe (medieval England); Necessarium (Latin); Jakes (British); Room 100 (European); Closet or Seat of Ease (British).
There’s more, much more, including an explanation of U.S. Navy shaving regulations and this not-so-surprising fact: In a 1996 survey, 50 percent of all female elementary-school teachers reported that they avoid drinking fluids during the day.
Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor
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