He washed his face in the loo!

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He washed his face in the loo!

Post by Helen_Combe » 21 Jun 2018, 03:28

My character has just done the following -
’I washed my face in the loo’.
In the UK, that means he washed his face in the toilet.
Is there a different meaning in the US?
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Post by emmirex2018 » 21 Jun 2018, 03:32

He washed his face in a dirty water

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Post by TaaraLynn » 22 Jun 2018, 12:07

I'm from the US, but for me, I take it to mean the actual toilet or the bathroom. Depending on the sentence. Reading that, I would take it as he washed his face in the bathroom (sink).
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Post by Helen_Combe » 22 Jun 2018, 12:51

TaaraLynn wrote:
22 Jun 2018, 12:07
I'm from the US, but for me, I take it to mean the actual toilet or the bathroom. Depending on the sentence. Reading that, I would take it as he washed his face in the bathroom (sink).
Thank you. I know now that it’s not an error. :tiphat:
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Post by pricklypurple » 27 Jun 2018, 18:31

Either this is meant to be comical or he is just in the bathroom, "the loo" washing in the sink, the toilet, who knows.

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Post by Daviesmurf » 17 Jul 2018, 02:42

"the loo" i think is comical meaning he washed his face in the bathroom

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Post by Yssimnar » 04 Aug 2018, 18:02

Helen_Combe wrote:
21 Jun 2018, 03:28
Is there a different meaning in the US?
It seems to me that we Americans use the "loo" improperly because we use it as a British expression to mean the bathroom. I think we are just wrong in our usage and have misappropriated the word. Maybe it's okay if the book uses it as a slang term.
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