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    Is it common to say "toilet tissue" to mean "toilet paper"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
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    Is it common to say "toilet tissue" to mean "toilet paper"?
    Yes, and (in BrE at least), "toilet roll". We also say "loo roll" or "loo paper" but for some reason, never "loo tissue"!

    I think "loo" is definitely a BrE term for the toilet.

    I'm going to the loo.
    Do you need the loo?

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    Default Re: toilet tissue

    In the US, the only people I know of who call it "toilet tissue" (versus "toilet paper") are the manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In the US, the only people I know of who call it "toilet tissue" (versus "toilet paper") are the manufacturers.
    I agree, SoothingDave. Common usage on this side of the pond is 'toilet paper'!

    However, we wipe our nose with a 'facial tissue' and not with a 'facial paper'! If we align our bathroom products by melodious titles, 'toilet tissue' and 'facial tissue' would be excellent choices!

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    Default Re: toilet tissue

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    However, we wipe our nose with a 'facial tissue'
    Really?

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    Default Re: toilet tissue

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Really?
    Yes, really!!!!

    Facial tissue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Really?
    Most people would simply ask for a "tissue" or a "Kleenex."

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    Default Re: toilet tissue

    We just refer to the thing you wipe your nose with as a "tissue".

    Pass me a tissue.
    I've bought a box of tissues.
    We've run out of tissues.

    We would know whether someone was talking about toilet tissue or facial tissue by the use of a/the/some.

    Pass me some tissue = toilet paper
    Pass me a tissue = facial tissue
    Pass me some tissues = facial tissues

    Then of course there's kitchen roll/kitchen paper. I don't think it's called kitchen tissue anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    I wasn't doubting that the term existed. It's just that I have never heard anyone use it in real life. I have only heard 'tissue' (without 'facial'), 'hanky',' paper hanky', or 'Kleenex'

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Then of course there's kitchen roll/kitchen paper. I don't think it's called kitchen tissue anywhere.
    Those are paper towels here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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