Monday, March 17, 2014

ABC Wednesday Letter J for John

 An Australian Dunny
 A boy's urinal in a women's toilet, which is a good idea for mums not to have to worry about peadophiles lurking in the men's toilet.

 In some countries they call the toilet John. I looked it up, and The term is thought to derive from Sir John Harrington. It is also sometimes called Jake.

Our grandparents on both sides didn't have Water closets, but dry toilets at the edge of the rubber garden. When we went to visit them for a weekend, Mother would hold on until she came home. We teased her that she grew up in that environment.

 This is a Japanese toilet in Australia, Mum would have love using it.


  1. What a great post! I recall a very intriguing "john" when I was in Lyons, France. Our group was dining at a quite nice restaurant and one lady came back from the toilet and said we must all see this! It was a toilet that cleaned itself after every flush. The seat rotated into an oval shape and warm water sprayed on it and then it was dried by hot air! Everyone thought it was amazing!

    abcw team

  2. That seems to be a universal word for toilet - I like the idea of Leslie's find in Lyon.

  3. Some toilets are amazing. I have seen one with a seat decorated with barbed wire inside. Others in a restaurant were decorated with all kind of meals.
    Great post!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  4. A john in the ladies' room. It would not have occurred to me.

  5. From old to new, great take on the letter. As a child I stayed on my mother's cousins farm who had a dry toilet in a long dark shed, I don't know what I was most frightened of when I was 7 the darkness or what was lurking in the drop.