no hangers for cloaks

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Toilets!In these cloak rooms

My secondary school used to have a cloak room, rows of hooks for coats, jackets and gym bags. No cloaks. But if we wore cloaks we would have been able to hang them there. Unlike the cloak room signed here. In these cloakrooms  there is a sink, toilet, towell and one of those plastic-bag lined bins.

A TOILET! I’m gradualy getting acclimated to the UK where toilet is not a naughty word. Love it!

no hangers for cloaks
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  1. sarah writes:

    I have found this usage very silly – and thought that I was the only one since I’m a foreigner. Wikipedia refers to the usage as a ‘euphemism’ for a toilet. I say just call it what it is.

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    wendy writes

    cloakrooms is the name for what the US call a coat check, normally still in use at Theatres and large indoor venues (Museums, Discos) Traditionally the toilets are next to the cloakrooms, the name probably came about by people saying they were going to the cloakroom (to be polite) then actually going through the door next to it.

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  2. Bux writes:

    I’m all for the use of the word toilet, let’s call a spade a spade and have a right royal flush. I hate the term rest room!

    Bx

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    wendy writes

    I like toilette it sounds riotously french and sweet smelling, but too pretentious to say out loud when looking for the WC

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