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Is there any difference in meaning between the expressions draw a bath and prepare a bath?

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I would generally "run a bath", but I guess the idiom may vary in different places. – neil Mar 17 '12 at 19:36
@WillHunting: I'm guessing this is in reference to stopping up the plug and filling the bath with water, in preparation for taking a bath. Which is not to prejudice the answer in favor of 'prepare a bath'. Frankly, "I'm going to take a bath" would have the same implicature ('don't anybody use hot water from another tap in the next few minutes'). – Mitch Mar 17 '12 at 20:18
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I think the use of 'draw a bath' may also have survived more in some regions than others. I recall my Dad using that term before, and have used it myself. (south/east USA roots?)

Personally, both prepare and draw a bath seem to indicate forethought about the process, though that could simply be context.

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Draw a bath is from the days when water was drawn in the sense that it was pumped or supplied in some way that didn't rely simply on water pressure. Neither it, nor prepare a bath is normally used now. We speak instead of running a bath if we have to.

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O tempora! O mores! Do your bit against global warming - forget the bath, have a shower. – FumbleFingers Mar 17 '12 at 21:48
@FumbleFingers: I read somewhere that a power shower, at least, can use more water and energy than a bath. – Barrie England Mar 17 '12 at 21:53
I've just decommissioned two power showers. The whole house is on now mains pressure following boiler replacement, and it turns out the pumps are not only unnecessary - they couldn't handle the input pressure anyway. So it doesn't apply to me, but my gut feel is the excess heat energy in a bath would probably vastly outweigh the amount used by a pump, so unless you spent a long time in the shower it should use far less energy and water. But I will see if I can find out more about that. – FumbleFingers Mar 17 '12 at 22:06
...here's my take, for what it's worth. I used to sometimes put a plug in the shower; if I had a long-ish power shower it would almost fill the tray. From which I can see my shower used 1/3 - 1/2 as much water as the bath. It was pumped by a 500-watt motor, which over, say, 12 minutes would barely be enough energy to boil a kettle of water (my 3kW kettle takes at least 2 minutes). So the extra pump energy is small compared to the extra heat energy in 2-3 times as much water. My shower was definitely more energy-efficient even before... – FumbleFingers Mar 18 '12 at 0:14
@FumbleFingers: There may be a PhD in there somewhere. – Barrie England Mar 18 '12 at 7:05

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