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    rest room

    If I use the term 'rest room' or 'restroom' to refer to a room for people to sit and take a rest besides answering the nature's call, will it be confused in a way with American English for toilet?

    Or, there should be a different phrase like 'rest lounge' that would be more commonly used?

    Thank you.

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    Re: rest room

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    If I use the term 'rest room' or 'restroom' to refer to a room for people to sit and take a rest besides answering the nature's call, will it be confused in a way with American English for toilet?

    Or, there should be a different phrase like 'rest lounge' that would be more commonly used?

    Thank you.
    I guess it depends on your audience. Every office I worked in in the UK had a "rest room" and it was exactly that - a room where you could go for 5 minutes to get away from the busy office. I don't recall anyone ever being confused by the American usage of the term "restroom".

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    Re: rest room

    It wouldn't work in the U.S. at all.

    If you told me that someone spend a few minutes in the rest room and returned feeling refreshed, I would assume you were talking about the toilet (and giving me more information than I really wanted to know).
    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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    Re: rest room

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    If I use the term 'rest room' or 'restroom' to refer to a room for people to sit and take a rest besides answering the nature's call, will it be confused in a way with American English for toilet?

    Or, there should be a different phrase like 'rest lounge' that would be more commonly used?

    Thank you.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, jiaruchan.

    (1) This is a very delicate matter.

    (2) In the United States, many (most?) refined people do not usually say,

    "Where's the toilet?"

    (3) People ask in more gentle ways:

    (a) Where is the restroom?

    (b) Where is the bathroom?

    (c) Where may I wash my hands?

    (d) Ladies (not men) can ask: Where's the powder room?

    (e) Some people are a tiny bit naughty. They will ask: Where's the reading room?

    Thank you.

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