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    Cyburbian cng's avatar
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    Workplace euphemisms for "going to the bathroom"

    I work at a small-ish planning department, where it is necessary to inform someone else if you're going to the bathroom, to ensure adequate phone or counter coverage. The ladies here always use the phrase, "I'm going down the hall" to let other people that they are going potty. Do you or your colleagues use similar euphemisms?

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    We use the same phrase because there are both restrooms at either end of the hall.
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    I gotta go drop the kids off at the pool
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    Gotta go coach the Browns to the Superbowl

    okay, not really. Actually it's a stodgy ol' "I gotta step out for a minute"

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    "I'm walking across the hall." is what we say at the office. When I'm working outside with other people, I "wash up".

    Most of the time, I'm by myself, so no explanation is needed.

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    "Going into a development meeting". Alright fine, we don't really say that, but I always feel like I am being crapped on in those meetings...
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    1) Going to the Necessary Room for inspection.

    2) Stop by the Reading Room.

    3) Be back in a few minutes.
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    "Gonna' hit the head."
    "I've got a batter on deck."
    "I have to make a UPS delivery."
    "I gotta' go lay some #2 cable."

    Seriously, it's just "I'll be right back", with a facial motion towards the part of the building where the bathrooms are located.
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    "Going to go clear my mind."
    "Going to improve my concentration."
    "Coffee lease has expired."
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    Dog-inspired: I need to go outside.
    Army-style: I gotta use the latrine.
    Financial: I need to go to the bank to make a deposit.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    if one worked at the grange hall....

    Gonna go talk to a man about a horse
    gotta pinch a loaf
    I've got a turtle head poking out!
    Time to curl one out
    I must void
    (hold up one or two fingers)
    gonna take a load off my mind

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    "Better to give than to receive."
    "Giving a little back to the city."
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    "Powder my nose" isn't in style any more? How bout "visit the facilities"?

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    Ugh. I once worked for a guy so anal (pun intended) that he expected us to write "Bathroom Break" on the checkout board. Actually, he demanded it. We all ignored him and just told the counter crew "Be right back" as the code phrase. Really, no need to write a message on the board for a 3-min absence...

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