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What would have been said around 1900 for a woman saying she needed to go to the bathroom in the state of Virginia?

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Why Virigina? There would have been plenty of other places to go to the bathroom. – Barrie England Dec 20 '13 at 11:08
@Barrie: What worries me is that Virginia only contained one bathroom back then. – TimLymington Dec 20 '13 at 12:40
What does your research show, Clark? – Kristina Lopez Dec 20 '13 at 14:26
Water closet and W.C. were common euphemisms then, coming after crapper became tainted. Toilette was a fancy word for a wash-up; one made one's toilette. Toilet, bathroom, and bowl are later euphemisms, after W.C. was retired. – John Lawler Dec 20 '13 at 20:09
I don't even know what you guys are talking about. Clearly it is not the bathroom that is the antedecent of "in the state of Virginia", but rather the woman. And she should go see a doctor about it, rather than a bathroom. – RegDwigнt Dec 21 '13 at 5:20

Would a woman have said she needed to go powder her nose/face/cheeks?

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If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context. – MrHen Dec 21 '13 at 2:12
I was just suggesting an answer... – user60175 Dec 21 '13 at 2:19
Oh, sorry. I was confused because you ended your answer with a question mark. – MrHen Dec 21 '13 at 2:29

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