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Post time 2014-9-15 16:02:59 |Display all floors
Thank every member who answered readers' questions last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:
Q1:

Why do some Englishmen call a WC "loo"? What are other ways to call a WC?

Q2:
What does“black dog” mean? Would you please give us some examples?

Q3:

What are the differences between a foodie(吃货) and a gourmet(美食家)?


Q4:

What are virtual graves?


Q5:

What do the following words mean: hench, hot mess, mansplain, side-eve, spit-take? Please make a sentence for each of them.



Q6:

Are there any words that have sexist undertones? If you don’t pay close attention to these words, you can come off as impolite, or even worse - if you are a man. Would you please give us some examples?


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Post time 2014-9-16 16:11:06 |Display all floors
Q1:
Why do some Englishmen call a WC "loo"? What are other ways to call a WC?

Here are some of the many theories about the origin of this informal British term for a toilet:
1. The term "loo" is derived from the cry of 'gardyloo' (from the French "regardez l'eau" which means 'watch out for the water'), which was shouted by medieval servants as they emptied chamber pots out of upstairs windows into the street.
2. It refers to the trade name 'Waterloo', which appeared prominently displayed on the iron cisterns in many British outhouses during the early 20th century.
3. Some people think it comes from "Room 100" where the toilet of European buildings then are commonly located and the two ("loo" and "100") look very much the same.
4. It could be a British mispronunciation of the French "le lieu" which means "the place", a euphemism.

What are other ways to call a WC?
Powder room, lavatory (or 'lav' for short), dunny, privy, the Ladies/Gents, cloakroom, bog, thunderbox, earth closet …

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Post time 2014-9-16 16:30:20 |Display all floors
Q3:
What are the differences between a foodie(吃货) and a gourmet(美食家)?

A gourmet is a person who enjoys and appreciates fine food.

A foodie is someone who has a deep interest in food, including the back story (history of the food, how it is produced, the science behind it and who's who in the industry of food). Foodies are usually interested in exploring a wide range of tastes, flavours, and textures. As a general rule, foodies are amateurs, rather than professionals working in some aspect of the food industry, and many of them are self-taught.

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Post time 2014-9-16 16:35:39 |Display all floors
LoneAcorn Post time: 2014-9-16 16:30
A gourmet is a person who enjoys and appreciates fine food.

A foodie is someone who has a deep int ...


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Post time 2014-9-16 16:36:06 |Display all floors
LoneAcorn Post time: 2014-9-16 16:11
Here are some of the many theories about the origin of this informal British term for a toilet:
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thanks for the info

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Post time 2014-9-17 10:49:09 |Display all floors
Q2:
What does“black dog” mean? Would you please give us some examples?

Used as a noun:
"Black dog" (informal) is used as a metaphor for a bad mood, melancholy or depression.
Example:
1. Best to stay away from my girlfriend today, looks like a black dog coming on.
2. Voldemort had a major case of black dog.

In Korean cuisine, "black dog" refers to "Heukgu" or dog meat.

In folklores of the British Isles, the term "black dog" is a name given to a being, generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, often has large glowing eyes and said to be associated with the devil or hellhound that comes out at night.

In modern times, "black dog" may mean an apparition seen after copious amounts of illegal drug use.
Example:
The actor has been cranking up on smack that he thought he saw the black dog.

Used as a verb:
"Black dog" means to kick a pirate-like character, a genuine scoundrel, out of a place.
Example:
Next time that scoundrel comes by here I'll black dog it!

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Post time 2014-9-20 01:46:41 |Display all floors
LoneAcorn Post time: 2014-9-16 16:11
Here are some of the many theories about the origin of this informal British term for a toilet:
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The correct name, as spoken in the Royal household, is 'lavatory'.

Lavatory is from late Middle English: from late Latin lavatorium 'place for washing', from Latin lavare 'to wash'. The word originally denoted something in which to wash, such as a bath or piscina, later (mid 17th century) a room with washing facilities; the current sense dates from the 19th century.

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