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Birne

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Hello

I found an explanation in a dictionary for an expression 'comfort break'. The dict. says: "a short pause in a meeting or journey so that people can go to the toilet."

Could anybody explain why in this description is 'the toilet' and not 'a toilet'.

I am going nuts trying to figure it out. But I don't know.
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In BrE, We go to [STRIKE]a/[/STRIKE]the toilet/lavatory/loo/bathroom just as we go to the theatre/ballet/pub.
However we go to [STRIKE]a/the[/STRIKE] hospital/church/prison/school.

That's just the way it is.
 

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'...to go to the toilet' is a euphemism for 'to relieve themselves', which is itself a euphemism for 'to urinate or defaecate', which is itself a euphemism for 'to p...' [that's enough of that, Rover – Ed.]


Note that a better title would have been
'Comfort break'.

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thanks, especially to you 5jj.

I have also heard 'I need to pay a visit to the urinal fairy'. Have you heard of it?
 

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No, thank goodness. If I heard that, I would need to go there to vomit.
 

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I've never heard of it either and nor has my (male) flatmate.

About the only euphemism I have heard for the toilet is (rather aptly given 5jj's potential need to vomit), "talking on/down the porcelain telephone".
 

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my (male) flatmate.
I'm shocked, shocked .... (Casablanca)
About the only euphemism I have heard for the toilet is (rather aptly given 5jj's potential need to vomit), "talking on/down the porcelain telephone".
I didn't want to go there (!) but, as you have started with your version of vomiting, I'll offer the male "point percy at the porcelain" for micturation. An alternative to your version of "vomit" is "have a technicolor yawn".

If any others have contributions to make, they'd better do it pretty quickly. A more responsible mod than I will soon turn up and close this thread.
 
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