The Idiot’s Guide to the USA – Toileting

The Idiot's Guide to the USAOn flushing
– many public toilets flush automatically
– this means that they will either not flush until you have left the cubicle, or that they might flush while you are still seated
– some public toilets and most private and motel toilets flush by means of pushing down a lever to the left of the tank

On toilet doors
– public toilet stall doors have a very large gap at the bottom
– lock the doors is very difficult
– some doors lock by means of a simple bolt, and are thus easy to work out
– some doors have a knob or a dial which should be turned
– there is no rhyme or reason as to how far or which way to turn the knob or dial in order to lock the door

On the blockage
– it isn’t really a blockage
– there is meant to be that much water in the toilet bowl
– pay no attention to it
– be careful not to wet your hand when wiping

On the children asking to become crazy
– they’re not really
– the phrase “wanna go potty”, which can also be heard from adults speaking with children, means that one will need to visit a toilet soon
– it is not an expression of the desire to loose enough chips to make a Happy Meal

On the terminology
– we all know that Americans call toilets “bathrooms”, but this isn’t the case, and the word of preference appears to be “restroom”
– look for signs for “restrooms” in public places
– the little pictures are the same and should help you in locating the toilets
– make sure to ask for directions to a “restroom”
– it is still to be determined as to whether Americans actually ever use (or understand) the word “toilet”

On toilet paper
– the squares are somewhat rectangular
– it hangs so as to unroll from beneath rather than above


5 thoughts on “The Idiot’s Guide to the USA – Toileting

  1. We tend to use the word “bathroom” more often in certain parts of America. And we rarely (if ever) use the word “toilet” to describe a bathroom.

    • Rachel says:

      You see, to me, a bathroom has got to have an actual bath in it. I guess I can see, maybe in America, most bathrooms have the toilets in them, it makes sense. In Australia, usually the toilet is in a separate little room, not in the bathroom. And of course, toilets in public places don’t have any baths in them at all!

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  3. […] I think I’ll just about leave this post here, since there’s not really much else to say on the toileting front. I’ll move on to less awkward matters on the next post, but before then, feel free to check out my observations in toileting in the USA. […]

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