Although Thomas Crapper is commonly credited for inventing the 1st flushing toilet in the late 1800s, the 1st versions can actually be traced back to 1596. Crapper earned 9 patents for plumbing products in England; however, none of these were for the flushing toilet.
An employee of Crapper, Albert Gilblin, holds the 1819 British Patent for a “Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer”, a device which allowed a toilet to flush efficiently. Crapper later bought the rights for this patent from his employee and marketed the device.
Euphemisms For Toilets
The word “toilet” is derived from the French word “toilette” which means “little cloth”. During the 17th century, it was a cloth cover for a dressing table which is called a toilet table. When a woman was at her toilet, this means that she was dressing as well as preparing her appearance. During the 19th century, toilet or toilet room was a euphemism for a certain room.
The word “lavatory” came from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash”. This is a place for washing during the 17th century. Later, it actually became a euphemism for a certain room.
There are indeed a lot of euphemisms for toilets. In fact, an old euphemism for going to the toilet was “going to spend a penny” since public lavatories before cost one penny to use.
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