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    Question why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Miranda's mother has just have a Jacuzzi installed.She is now having a conversation with her daughter Miranda.

    Mother:I was a bit concerned because the plumber that installed it was a woman.
    Daughter:So?
    Mother:I know they can plumb just as well, but it's not right.A woman knowing the ins and outs of a loo!

    So why does only a woman know the ins and outs of a loo?And what does "the ins and outs of a loo "mean here?Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    I am not an English teacher, but I think you might have misunderstood the text. It sounds like the mother doesn't think that women should know the ins and outs of a loo.

    "knowing the ins and outs of..." means knowing how it works. In this case Miranda's mother didn't think that it was right for a woman to know how toilets work.

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiBarber View Post
    I am not an English teacher, but I think you might have misunderstood the text. It sounds like the mother doesn't think that women should know the ins and outs of a loo.

    "knowing the ins and outs of..." means knowing how it works. In this case Miranda's mother didn't think that it was right for a woman to know how toilets work.
    That's very strange, since it's well-known that cleaning the toilet is a woman's job!
    <runs away very fast>

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's very strange, since it's well-known that cleaning the toilet is a woman's job!
    <runs away very fast>
    For your sake I hope you run really fast.

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's very strange, since it's well-known that cleaning the toilet is a woman's job!
    <runs away very fast>
    You can't run fast enough, dude, after a remark like that!


    Anyway, in response to the original question, first I must point out that "loo" in reference to the bathroom or toilet is strictly BrE. Secondly, I must reluctantly agree that for the most part plumbers have always been overwhelmingly male. And thus the act of snaking a drain or knowing how to replace a spud gasket is traditionally very unfeminine. The Golden Girls once tackled this very issue.

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    The Golden Girls once tackled this very issue.
    Thanks for that link. It was an eye-opener for me that a sitcom from American TV could actually be funny, even with women in it.

    Wait for me, Raymot!

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    I must reluctantly agree that for the most part plumbers have always been overwhelmingly male.
    Why, of course they're male! Just like nurses are female.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's very strange, since it's well-known that cleaning the toilet is a woman's job!
    <runs away very fast>
    hahaha
    By the way ,thank you all.I didn't expect my question could literally start an argument.The amusement I got overwhelms the pleasure of getting to know the answer.Thank you all again!

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    Re: why "a woman knowing The ins and outs of a loo!"

    Peace, Ladies and Gentlemen. I don't really think that way.

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