Mark D. Roberts

Just after I got off the plane in London, I saw the sign to the right. I had to chuckle. Of course we Americans would refer euphemistically to the “Women’s Restroom,” though women don’t actually rest in such places. We Americans aren’t quite so blunt about the existence of toilets in our so-called restrooms.
But, even more, I was impressed with the British effort to be very clear. If you’re not sure what a female toilet is, the sign adds “Male toilet opposite.” Now what could be clearer than that? No doubt about it. A female toilet is, most certainly, the opposite of a male toilet.
(Yes, yes, of course I know the real meaning of “opposite”.)

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