I would imagine most of us never really give much thought to the modern toilet. However, I am also pretty sure that we are happy that the days of outhouses and chamber pots are gone. Yup, gone are the holes in the ground or the toilet that was poised precariously over a stream or river, or even just the street below. Talk about some unsanitary conditions.
So where does the word toilet come from? Well it comes from a French term that translates to the personal grooming and hygiene of an individual. The phrase “to attend to the toilet” actually means to make sure that you are clean. This includes washing, shaving and so on. Hence, the term toiletries. The modern toilet takes its name from that French term.
Modern toilets as we generally know them today arrived on the scene in the 1800s, the second