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Old 03-23-2012, 02:16 PM
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Default Toilet info: Meaning of WC

In case you were wondering,

WC (toilet sign) stands for Wasserklosett in German, literally meaning 'water closet'
Old 03-24-2012, 05:18 AM
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i suppose so
Old 03-24-2012, 05:25 AM
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WC is a known term, short for "water closet". It isn't the German abbreviation of "Wasserklosett" as it would be "WK" then.

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Old 03-24-2012, 07:04 AM
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And a water closet was the only way to flush a toilet when indoor plumbing became acceptable. It was originally a large tank of water that would be refilled and sit above the toilet. The room size for the toilet was similar to the room size for a closet, and it would be one of the few spots where water would have to exit and enter a confined space away from the well supply. It was in effect, the closet with water. Now you know way to much about the abbreviation "WC" and what "water closet" really means.

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