When I hear about "facility" I immediately associate that with a building (like a company's headquarter, store, etc). However, some people say that it can be used to mean a "WC." Is this true? Does this word really have a negative connotation?

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    I am confused by your premise. WC doesn't have negative connotations. Jul 16, 2012 at 11:20
  • Have a look at this question with regards to euphemisms for toilet. Jul 16, 2012 at 11:21
  • @Matt That question [english.stackexchange.com/questions/37177/… does not seem to cover 'facility'.
    – Kris
    Jul 16, 2012 at 11:39
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    @Kris - that wasn't my point. My point is that just because it's a euphemism for toilet doesn't mean it has negative connotations. Jul 16, 2012 at 11:58
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    I've only ever heard the euphemism styled as a plural: 'Pardon me, I have to go use the facilities.' The singular doesn't have these connections.
    – Mitch
    Jul 16, 2012 at 12:54

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Public convenience or facility could be euphemisms for toilets/ washrooms, not with negative connotations.

  • For evidence read the first paragraph of the wikipedia article for Hotel -- "with modern facilities, including en-suite bathrooms, and air conditioning or climate control." -- Not a negative connotation, but a somewhat more formal way to refer to a place's accommodations.
    – Xantix
    Aug 10, 2012 at 4:49

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