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What is the english word for

..the other activity in the restroom when you spend more time than pissing and requires tissues afterward to clean it? Poop? What is the formal word? I work with many english speaking expatriates but I never learn this word, nor in english books/magazines/movies/tv shows etc.
Permalink gundala 
January 25th, 2006 8:28pm
HI JOSEPH
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 8:29pm
Actually, it is something that is not polite to talk about, so there is no formal word, only euphemisms.

If you need to ask for directions, it is "I need to visit the lavatory (Britain) or bathroom/restroom (USA)".
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 25th, 2006 8:33pm
Well it's an outright lie to say that there is no proper word, which is "defecate" or "evacuate" but this OP is almost certainly Joseph.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 8:34pm
That's something we have *many* words for.  In polite conversation you'd not mention any of them, though, and not even make any direct reference to any sort of toilet activity if you can avoid it; in ascending order of vulgarity (i.e. least rude to rudest) here are a few samples:

Polite(ish):
"Going to use the facilities."
"Going to use the convenience."

A bit crude:
"Going to the lavatory/toilet/bathroom/restroom."

Crude:
"Do a number 2."
"Drop the babies off at the pool."
"Pinch one off."
"Lay some little brown fish."

Rude:
"Take a dump/crap."

Offensive:
"Have a shit."
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 25th, 2006 8:34pm
Thanks for the explanation.

Muppet, I'm not Joseph. I'm another lurker from JOS forums.
Permalink gundala 
January 25th, 2006 8:39pm
If formal=polite, then defecate isn't it. If formal=technical, then OK. But in a foreign country, you would not ask your hosts where you can go to defecate.
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 25th, 2006 8:39pm
Formal = technical around these parts, Ian.  As in, formally documented.

You folks use formal to mean polite, I guess.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 8:40pm
So if you go to a "formal dinner", it's technical?  You crazy Americans!
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 25th, 2006 8:43pm
'formal word for...' and 'formal dinner' are entirely different constructs, which you know, and you're not funny, you insufferable, Jesus-bearded, pervert.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 8:44pm
'formal word for' equals 'polite word for' everywhere in the world except inside muppet's brain. That's why muppet is such an apposite handle. It fits the personality to a tee.
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 25th, 2006 8:48pm
"actually, it is something that is not polite to talk about,"

seriously Ian.  are you *aware* that you have no sense of humour whatsoever?

I mean, not only is the OP clearly trying to yank someones chain (yours as it turns out), but also.....

ah, sod it.


Permalink FullNameRequired 
January 25th, 2006 8:50pm
99.9% of the time, when someone says "formal {word | speech | form of address | etc.}" they mean "polite".  Doesn't matter where you come from...

"I'm giving a formal speech after dinner."
"The Pope should be formally addressed as 'you in the funny hat'."
"In French, there are two forms of the second-person singular personal pronoun; 'tu' is informal, and 'vous' is formal."

And so on.
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 25th, 2006 8:51pm
I've never noticed it before but Ian and Allan are very much alike.

They should start a furniture company.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 8:51pm
This whole topic makes me wanna take a shit.
Permalink Burns 
January 25th, 2006 11:35pm

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