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    rest room

    At a bus station, I saw some of the staff resting in a room.

    On the door are the words "rest room" (two words). I wonder if the term is correct.

    Could someone please enlighten me on this?

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    Re: rest room

    In American English, a public restroom is a room containing toilets and sinks. (Such places are "washrooms" in Canadian English.) The room where staff members rest and eat lunch is the "break room".
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    Re: rest room

    I don't think "rest room" means anything in AE. "restroom" though does.

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    Re: rest room

    If the room includes a toilet, you could, at least in Philippine English, also use the term "comfort room" or "CR".

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    #5

    Re: rest room

    I'd just add one tip: don't use the international word "toilet" for "restroom" in America. In American English the toilet is only the porcelain thing in the restroom, so "Could I use the toilet" sounds very direct.

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    Re: rest room

    Quote Originally Posted by Oll Korrect View Post
    I'd just add one tip: don't use the international word "toilet" for "restroom" in America. In American English the toilet is only the porcelain thing in the restroom, so "Could I use the toilet" sounds very direct.
    But you could use "could I use the bathroom"?

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    Re: rest room

    Here are a few more terms that you can use to refer to the restroom: water closet (BE), powder room, lavatory, outhouse, urinal, loo. Not every word here can be used in any context. Look up each word to find out when it is appropriate to use instead of restroom.

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    Re: rest room

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    But you could use "could I use the bathroom"?
    That works in American English. In British English, a bathroom is a room with a bathtub in it.
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    Re: rest room

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That works in American English. In British English, a bathroom is a room with a bathtub in it.
    Hm, interesting. So people would gape at you if you asked where is the bathroom in England?

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    Re: rest room

    No, they wouldn't gape. Some British peol0e use the word 'bathroom' in the sense many Americans use it,, and most of us have heard it from Americans.

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