vijayjohn wrote:OldBoring wrote:vijayjohn wrote:OldBoring wrote:you can still wash your hands in the "toilet".
A thing that happens between British and American English speakers.
British: "I found your shirt in the toilet!"
American: "Thanks, but if you found it in the toilet, I don't want it anymore".
This reminds me of how my dad says that Air India used to make announcements on their planes in both English and Hindi, but before they took off, you could tell that the Hindi announcements were much longer than the English ones. He says that's because in Hindi, they were also saying things like "don't try to wash your clothes in the toilet bowl."
When I was new to chatting with people online, I used to always tell everyone when I went to the toilet. I usually said something like "brb going in the toilet", which a lot of people found hilarious and engrishy. Of course, this was probably because most of the people I was talking to were American, but I'm still not sure if it was actually correct even in non-American English; I've said "to the toilet" ever since, but I guess it's technically not wrong to say "in the toilet"? On the other hand, the only results I found on Google for "going in the house" are related to dogs or cats pissing or shitting indoors, so maybe saying "going in the toilet" would imply pissing or shitting in the toilet... which is what toilets are for, but... like... I'm confused.
PS: is the suffix -ee considered productive? Like, could you say confusee to mean someone who is confused without confusing people?