January 15, 2003

Trails of Slime

I've been surfing the phenomenology of consciousness and inevitably I've been diverted to off-topic sites. But really, I was quite surprised to alight at Thomas Crapper. It's entertaining enough, even though I'm not particularly interested in the history of sanitation, and don't really want to spend 1380 on a WC or 850 on a hand basin, no matter how authentic and high quality they are.
From there it was a natural progression to the Outhouses Of America site and the delights of outhouse racing. Having discovered what outhouse connotes in US English, I feel happier with the Heinlein quote setting the scene for star travel (referred to recently here)).

Posted at January 15, 2003 12:23 AM

Um, what does outhouse connote in British English?
Confused of Austin

Posted by: Damien Warman on January 16, 2003 01:54 AM

Outbuildings, with no particular association with primitive sanitation. So for example, I don't think the UK firm Outhouse Software had toilets in mind when they chose their branding.

Posted by: SnailMusings on January 16, 2003 10:09 PM

So then, what do y'all call them?


Posted by: Mary Kay on January 20, 2003 07:37 PM

Outside loos.

Posted by: Alison Scott on January 20, 2003 07:39 PM

Heard a funny quote about social change in Wales recently:

We used to eat in and shit out. Now we eat out and shit in.

Sorry, not the nicest way of introducing myself - Nic dw i, helo. A diolch am y ddolen ;-)

Posted by: Nic Dafis on January 26, 2003 03:45 PM
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