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    Port a Sans

    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what "Port-a-Sans" mean in the following context?

    "Sam , if you want the ladies, you'll do better fixing Port-a-Sans."

    I have googled this term online, but can't find the exact meaning.
    However, I found a website and it seemed like that this term refer to something in the toilet or bathroom.
    The Trust for Governors Island - Visit the Island - Directions & Ferry Schedule

    Here are two related sentences from the aforementioned website:

    *Indoor bathrooms and port-a-sans are available for visitors to use once they arrive on Governors Island.
    *Port-a-sans are located throughout the Island.

    Does it refer to men's pee utensil? (btw, I don't know how to call that thing)

    Thanks for your kind answer.

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    Re: Port a Sans

    It's a brand name for a portable unisex restroom (toilet). There are several different companies that sell these units under different brand names, but they're basically all the same - a chemical flush toilet and a small sink with running water to wash your hands.

    Does it refer to men's pee utensil? (btw, I don't know how to call that thing)
    That's called a "urinal."

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    Re: Port a Sans

    In the UK the dominant trade-name is Sanilav. At big outdoor meetings (rock festivals, marathons etc) they're in cubicles and called 'portaloos'.

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    Re: Port a Sans

    A well-known British company providing these things is Portable Showers and Toilets - Hire Portable Toilets - Portaloo | Portaloo
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Aug-2011 at 23:10. Reason: typo

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    Re: Port a Sans

    "Port-a-john" is the common moniker here.

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    Re: Port a Sans

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Port-a-john" is the common moniker here.
    And Port-a-Potty (Concerts etc.); Job-Johnny (Construction Sites)

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