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"May I use the toilet?"

Translation:Ga i ddefnyddio'r tŷ bach?

August 19, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CivisRomanus

Just for fancy, I tried Ga i ddefnyddio'r lle chwech? , but it was not accepted.
Is it wrong to use lle chwech, or is it simply missing from the database?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ieuan_ab_Arthur

"lle chwech" is one of many, many Welsh terms for a toilet. I guess if you starting by putting in another word for toilet in, you'd have to put then all in.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveBradl2

Anybody know the etymology of y lle chwech?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ieuan_ab_Arthur

On Stack Exchange (https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/397677/what-is-the-origin-of-six-as-a-word-to-refer-to-the-toilet#:~:text=A%20common%20euphemism%20for%20the,than%20the%20porcelain%20throne%20itself.), several possible explanations are given. They include:

  • It comes from the use of "six" in English as a slang term for toilet
  • It used to cost 6d to use a public toilet in the old days (c.f., English "spend a penny")
  • It was common to build blocks of six toilets for workers

So, ya pays yur money and ya takes yur chances


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ibisc

Apart from chwech the number, there are older words chwech and chweg meaning 'sweet, pleasant, etc', so perhaps an ironic term for a toilet:

  • y lle chwech - the sweet(?-smelling) place

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZuMako8_Momo

I read the sentence rhy gyflym and thought it said 'Ga i ddefnyddio'r tô bach?'

I was confused at why the grammar student was being so polite, speaking about punctuation, hahahaha

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