Restrooms worldwide go by various names, and in certain nations, they may have multiple monikers. Take, for example, the United Kingdom, where public toilet facilities are known by various terms. Some people refer to them as "restrooms," while others opt for the term "loo."
Nonetheless, in the island nation, there are numerous public restrooms marked with a WC toilet sign, although it appears that very few individuals truly understand its meaning. We might have remained unaware if it weren't for a TikTok user who, in response to a follower's query about the meaning of "WC," shared some enlightening information. This video garnered over 3,500 views, and the social media user provided valuable knowledge to the rest of us.
The WC Toilet Sign- What Did It Stand For?
The TikToker, mentioned, "Before indoor plumbing, we actually had a room for the bathrub, a bathroom. But the spout was outside. You had to carry water in with a bucket, heat it up, pour it in the tub. Indoor plumbing comes along and there is already a room with a bath, the bathroom, so where do you put the toilet? Just put it in a closet, it's the easiest place to put a toilet." The TikToker went on to disclose that the WC toilet sign, in fact, represented "water closet."
Predictably, this revelation sparked numerous discussions, leaving people astounded, despite the sign's existence since the 1870s. One user wrote, "I'm glad someone asked because I've been wondering about this for years but never googled it." Another user commented, "Can't believe I've been living with a WC sign and had no idea why it was called WC." A third user chipped in with, "I was 23 y/o when I learned that WC is called water closet." This led to another individual commenting, "I know what a water closet is, but don't use it (don't use the word- do use the WC.)"
Other users expressed astonishment at the fact that there were individuals around the world who were unaware of the complete meaning of the WC toilet sign. One user stated, "I've known this since I was 13?" Someone else mocked, "Convinced I live in LA because of the common sense levels in the UK, or lack thereof." A third user wrote, "What? Who doesn't know this?"