Should I capitalize the "j" in John when referring to a toilet as "the john." The same goes for lazy Susan and other words that are also names.


Since the john is not a proper noun, lower case is more useful for clarity. This way, you could avoid ambiguity in situations like...

When John arrived at work, he headed straight for the john.

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    Right, and the Brits say loo and we all say head, if we are used to being on and around boats. And there's a famous joke: Rest room? Who's tired? Where's the can? – Lambie Jun 27 '18 at 15:32
  • I once played the role in Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" of a geriatric burglar who kept eluding residents by posing as a plumber. It gave me a special appreciation for British potty language =) – Jas. MacOisdealbha Jun 27 '18 at 18:33

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