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.