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02/16/2017 01:48 pm ET

Here's The Real Reason Why A Toilet Is Called A Crapper

Hush your potty mouth. It's not what you think.

It’s enough to make toilet enthusiasts flush with excitement.

A new video from Today I Found Out explains how the vulgar-sounding “crapper” became slang for toilet.

Narrator Simon Whistler says that U.S. soldiers stationed in England during World War I were amused to see that the toilets they used were made by Thomas Crapper & Company ― since the word “crap” was known to mean something like “refuse.” 

We don’t want to give away too much ― there’s a lot to digest here. But the clip also tosses in a nice lesson about “the john” too.

So there you have your oral history of toilet vernacular. 

That’s a lot to think about when you assume your place on the porcelain throne. 

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